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Alopecia areata is a condition where the immune system attacks its own hair follicles, which causes hair loss usually to the scalp and face. The hair follicles are present in the skin.
If unsure of diagnosis, please speak to our clinicians who can provide potent topical corticosteroid treatment, if there is no evidence of hair regrowth. Please provide pictures of non-intimate areas if you choose the telephone consultation; pictures are not required for video consultation.
Shoulder pain is very common and symptoms tend to improve after 2 weeks. If persisting for more than 2 weeks, please speak to our clinicians via a video consultation.
Tendonitis is a painful condition in which the tendons that attach your muscles to your bones become irritated and inflamed. It may result from overuse, gradual wear and tear, or an unexpected injury. Any tendon in your body can develop tendonitis, but the knees, elbows, hands, heels, wrists, and shoulders are the most frequently affected.
- Back Pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Elbow pain
- Wrist pain
Muscle, ligaments or tendons may be affected.
Our clinicians can offer advice, guidance and if needed, prescribe medication for pain relief. The video consultation is recommended. They can also advise if you require onward referral and can write to your GP for review.
Warts are generally harmless, and they occur due to the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are not particularly attractive. Even though they frequently heal on their own without any help, sometimes treating them helps the healing process. Although you need close skin-to-skin contact to transfer the virus, it can also be spread by contact with an already contaminated surface.
Warts are little bumps on your skin that have a cauliflower type of appearance. Most of the time, they grow them on your hands or feet, and you may only have one or several may develop simultaneously. A verruca is what grows on your foot. There are numerous varieties of warts, and this will impact their appearance and accompanying symptoms.
Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection brought on by the chickenpox virus that affects a nerve and the skin around it. As a result, the affected area develops blistered itchy, painful rash. Only people who have previously experienced chickenpox can get shingles.
The virus stays in the nerves after the initial infection and causes shingles when it reawakens in one specific nerve. After the initial chickenpox infection, this can occur years or even decades later. The virus frequently re-emerges in these ways in patients with compromised immune systems, however it is unclear why. The duration of each case of shingles might range from a few weeks to a month.
Although there is no known cure for shingles, there are several therapies that can help make the discomfort it causes more bearable. You should speak to our clinician or your GP right away if you suspect that you have shingles.
Scabies is an itchy skin ailment caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a small burrowing mite. Itching is severe in the region where the mite burrows. The need to itch may be particularly severe at night.
It is infectious and can spread swiftly in a household, child nursery, school class, nursing facility, or jail through close physical contact. Because scabies is extremely infectious, doctors frequently urge that whole families or contact groups be treated.
Scabies is easily treatable. Scabies mites and their eggs are killed by medications applied to the skin. However, you may have irritation for several weeks following therapy.
Urticaria, (is also known as welts, hives, nettle rash or weal’s) is a raised, itchy, red rash caused by fluid leaking from blood vessels immediately beneath the skin’s surface. It may arise on a single section of the body and be only a few centimetres in size, or it may cover a greater area. The rash may change within 24 hours, but generally settles within a few days.
Haemorrhoids are swelling of the blood vessels in or around the bottom where the anus/rectum are. Some patients never experience any symptoms. Haemorrhoids are the result of ongoing constipation or chronic diarrhoea.
Gout is an arthritic condition that produces excruciating pain, swelling, and inflammation in a single joint (although more than one may be affected). It usually affects your big toe, but it can also affect other joints in your foot, ankles, knees, wrists, and hands. The discomfort normally begins in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping and gradually worsens over a few hours. The symptoms occur due to a build-up of uric acid in the blood and this causes uric acid crystals to deposit in the joints.
Fungal Skin Infection (Athlete’s foot, Ringworm and Intertrigo)
Fungal infections can affect any region of your body’s skin. Fungal infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm, and intertrigo rashes. Fortunately, these infections are frequently treatable, and our clinicians will be able to explain what you can do to prevent them from recurring. It is very common to develop fungal infections on the folds of the skin (e.g. under breasts) and public places are the main place you can become infected.
Fungal Nail Infection (Tinea Unguium or Onychomycosis)
A fungal nail infection is caused by fungus invasion (Tinea Unguium or Onychomycosis). If left untreated, it leads to unsightly, larger nails that can be painful. This fungus can live on your skin without harming you, but if given the right conditions (they favour warm, wet settings), it can proliferate and cause illness.
The majority of fungal nail infections are harmless, although they can be difficult to treat. The illness can affect either your toe or fingernails, and it usually begins slowly with few symptoms. The nail, however, may become discoloured or distorted as the fungus multiplies and spreads, causing pain while walking or wearing tight shoes.
Folliculitis is a skin disorder where the hair follicles become infected, which results in tender, red spots called pustules on the skin’s surface. Folliculitis is the result of ingrowing hairs; the grown hair curls back on itself and the follicles becomes infected. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common organism that causes folliculitis (S. aureus). A fungus or other foreign bodies detected on the skin can sometimes cause it as well.
Ear Aches and Infections
Ear infections are very common. They develop when bacteria or viruses infect the body, causing swelling and, in certain cases, a fluid build-up. There are numerous forms of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear and have distinct consequences. Our clinicians can go over your symptoms with you and, if feasible, determine the sort of ear infection you have. If required, they can prescribe the appropriate medicine to treat. Outer ear infections (also known as otitis externa or “swimmer’s ear”) cause inflammation, swelling, and discomfort of the ear canal. Middle ear infections (also known as otitis media) causes build-up of fluid behind the eardrum and inflammation (swelling and redness).
Candida albicans is a fungus that causes the common yeast infection known as thrush. Although it is uncomfortable, there are several ways to manage it, and there is little risk to your long-term health. Some individuals do, however have persisting symptoms that might be more challenging to cure. Your symptoms can be effectively treated by our clinicians, who can also assist you in determining the origin of your thrush.
Given that the vagina typically contains low concentrations of candida albicans, thrush is considered to affect many women at some point in their life. Once a woman has had her first period and after going through the menopause, the likelihood of developing thrush decreases. Men are also susceptible, with symptoms typically centred around the penis head.