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Whooping cough overview

Whooping cough is a highly infectious disease that causes sudden attacks of coughing that often end in a high-pitched whooping sound.  The cough commonly persists for up to 3 months.

Respiratory Health

Glaucoma: acute glaucoma

In acute glaucoma the pressure in the eye increases rapidly, leading to sudden symptoms such as eye pain. Urgent treatment is needed to prevent vision loss.

Eye Health

Morning sickness

Many women experience morning sickness (nausea and vomiting) in early pregnancy. While it is called morning sickness, the symptoms can actually occur at any time of the day or night.

Babies & Pregnancy

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition which causes the face to become red and inflamed, with enlarged and broken blood vessels. It is not related to alcohol consumption, as commonly thought.

Skin & Hair

Parkinson's disease: Q and A

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disease of the nervous system that causes disturbances in initiating, controlling and co-ordinating movement. The symptoms gradually get worse over time.

Seniors' Health

Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a swelling in a blood vessel when its wall is weakened. The greatest danger from an aneurysm is that it may rupture (burst).

Heart & Stroke

Peyronie's disease

Peyronie’s disease is condition where a band of scar tissue forms in the penis, causing a pronounced bend or curve in the penis when it is erect. Peyronie’s disease can affect a man’s sex life. 

Sexual Health

Eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are the main forms of eating disorders. Symptoms include abnormal eating patterns, and a tendency to be worried or preoccupied with food and body weight.

Women's Health

Bee stings

The best way to deal with a bee sting is to scrape it off with a sideways motion using a firm object such as the blade of a knife, a credit card or even a fingernail.

First Aid & Self-Care

Engorgement and mastitis

If you experience difficulties with breastfeeding, such as engorgement or mastitis, seek the advice of a midwife, lactation consultant, the Australian Breastfeeding Association or your doctor.

Babies & Pregnancy

Altitude sickness

Most people can ascend to a level of 2000 metres in one day without getting sick. Acute mountain sickness is the mildest form of altitude sickness, but can develop into more dangerous forms of altitude sickness.

Travel Health

Neck pain: treatment

Treatment for neck pain depends on the cause and how severe it is. Neck pain treatment, including treatment for whiplash, often involves a combination of self-care, medicines, exercises and relaxation therapies.  

Pain

Muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy describes a group of inherited diseases in which the muscles that control movement become progressively weaker and waste away, causing symptoms such as difficulty walking.

Kids' & Teens' Health

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a generalised disease which produces fibrosis, degeneration and inflammation of skin and other tissue. People with scleroderma have too much of a protein called collagen.

Skin & Hair

Achalasia

Achalasia is a disorder in which food and drink does not pass normally through the oesophagus and enter the stomach, but becomes stuck or comes back into the mouth. Symptoms of achalasia may take years to develop.

Gastrointestinal Health

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) is a fatal, degenerative brain disorder that causes rapidly progressive dementia and loss of muscle control. It is a rare disease, affecting 1–2 people in every million in Australia.

First Aid & Self-Care

Priapism

Priapism, a persistent erection not caused by sexual desire or stimulation,  is caused by problems with the nerves or blood vessels in the penis, which results in blood remaining trapped in the penis.

Sexual Health

Exercise to burn fat

Find out about which types of exercise are best to burn fat and help you lose weight. To reduce total body fat, focus on increasing your physical activity, rather than decreasing energy consumed.

Exercise & Fitness