Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is the reactivation of the chicken pox virus and causes a nasty rash often on the chest or face (sometimes involving the eye). The rash can be extremely painful and some may get post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) - severe debilitating pain which may last for years. Approximately 20-30% of people who have had chicken pox will get a shingles and is more common as we get older with the incidence rising sharply over the age of 50. Half of people liv...
Sad news; we are losing two of our doctors - Joe Cotter and James Jooste are both leaving for pastures new at the end of this month. As two of our most popular doctors they will be missed greatly by both us at CCMC and their respective patients. They leave to take up exciting opportunities and we wish them the best of luck in their new positions.
With the sun finally making appearance it's time to remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide: Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on some wrap around sunglasses. The original highly successful and enduring 1981 Slip! Slop! Slap! health campaign run by the Cancer Council featured Sid the Seagull and his message remains as important today as ever:
Melanoma is the 4th most common cancer in Australia and the most common for 15-39...
The current recommendation from the National Cervical Screening Program is that all women aged 18-70 who have ever been sexually active have a cervical smear test (Pap test) every 2 years. The good news is that from May 2017 this is going to be replaced by a 5 yearly Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) test. This is because most cervical cancers are caused by HPV (although the vast majority of women with HPV will not get cervical cancer).
Approximately 1.7 million Australians suffer from diabetes of whom about a third are undiagnosed. As a result of changes in lifestyle - worsening dietary choices, reduced exercize levels and consequent increased levels of obesity - diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia and has been called the "21st century epidemic". In the most common type - Type II diabetes - there are often no symptoms for many years during which time irreparable damage...
It's R U OK? Day today - an important reminder to take the time to ask the question if you feel someone might be struggling with depression. Approximately 2500 Australians die from suicide each year. Rates are higher in men than women and also higher in Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples.
Visit the RUOK site for more information and help with how to ask the question and what you can do to help if they are indeed suffering.
Spring is here but for many this is a miserable time of year as their hay fever strikes.
Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, causes sneezing, runny and/or blocked nose, often with itching of the eyes and nose. A postnasal drip, cough, fatigue and irritability are also common symptoms.
Unlike other allergies, it is difficult to avoid the allergens (pollen typically from trees, bushes and grasses) though some sufferers with mild symptoms will get adequate relief...
In osteoporosis the bones lose their strength and are more likely to break (fracture) often following a minor fall. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 experience fractures, mostly as a result of low bone strength.the wrists, hips and spine are the most commonly affected sites.
What causes osteoporosis?
Age - osteoporosis increases as we get older also the risk of fractures increase as we are more prone to falls.
The Hajj 2016 pilgrimage is expected to run from September 9th-14th. A reminder for all planning to attend (or for Umrah) that it is a Saudi visa requirement to have a valid certificate of vaccination against Meningitis ACWY. There are 2 types of vaccine; the conjugate vaccine is effective after 10 days and lasts 8 years and the polysaccharide vaccine also effective from 10 days but only lasts 3 years. Both are single dose vaccines. Unvaccinated pilgrims or those w...
Haemochromatosis is a condition where the body stores too much iron and is the most common genetic condition affecting 1 in 200 Australians of European origin.
Iron builds up in the organs and, untreated, can damage the heart, pancreas, liver and joints. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages despite the organs being damaged. When early symptoms occur the most common are fatigue, joint pain and abdominal pain.