Common cold

Common colds usually last about a week, and shouldn't cause serious illness in healthy people. Read about how to relieve cold symptoms and stop the spread of viruses that cause colds.

Respiratory Health

Urticaria (hives)

Urticaria, which is also known as hives, is an itchy rash or skin eruption that usually only lasts from 24 to 48 hours.

Skin & Hair

Mammalian meat allergy

Symptoms of mammalian meat allergy usually start 3-6 hours after eating the meat or meat product, but can be between 2-10 hours after, sometimes waking a person in the middle of the night.


Cystitis: bladder infection

Cystitis is usually a mild illness that can be treated with antibiotics. There are steps you can take to help prevent cystitis if you have had problems with bladder infections in the past.

Women's Health

Female pattern hair loss

It's common for women to experience hair thinning with age, called female pattern hair loss. The pattern of hair loss is different in women compared to men and complete baldness is rare. See if you could be affected and what treatments are available.

Skin & Hair

Hair loss overview

Hair loss (alopecia) is common and can cause significant worry and anxiety. But there are several ways of treating and managing hair loss. Treatment depends on the type of hair loss.

Skin & Hair

Male pattern hair loss

Male pattern hair loss is inherited and typically starts from about age 30. Treatments are available for men who wish to slow down hair loss, stimulate hair regrowth or disguise hair loss.

Skin & Hair

High blood pressure treatments

If you have high blood pressure your doctor may recommend lifestyle measures, such as diet and exercise, and possibly also medicines to control your blood pressure. Find out about the different options.

Heart & Stroke

High blood pressure overview

Except at extreme levels, high blood pressure usually causes no symptoms. But it increases your risk of a variety of health problems, so it's important to get regular blood pressure checks.

Heart & Stroke

Ross River virus

Ross River virus infection is spread by the bites of infected female mosquitoes. Most sufferers will have a sudden onset of flu-like symptoms that often include painful joints.

Travel Health

Cold sore infections

Find the answers to common questions about cold sores, irritating blisters which are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus and can be triggered by stress, fatigue or exposure to sunlight.

Skin & Hair


Triglycerides are the main form of fat stored in the body. Many Australians, especially those carrying too much weight around their waist, have raised triglyceride levels, which is a bad thing.

Heart & Stroke

Immunising your child

Being immunised protects your child against catching contagious conditions. Vaccinations give your child immunity and protect them from suffering from the effects of that disease.

Kids' & Teens' Health

Impotence treatments

If you have impotence (erectile dysfunction), the treatment your doctor recommends will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause of your impotence.

Sexual Health