Mosquito-borne diseases and prevention

Most people have been bitten by a mosquito at some time in their lives. Usually this causes no more than

Scarlet fever

What is scarlet fever? Scarlet fever is a condition that can occur in people who are infected with a bacterium

Urticaria (hives)

Urticaria is an itchy rash or skin eruption, characterised by weals (hives), which may occur anywhere on the body, or


Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that’s caused by infection with the varicella zoster virus. Most children with chickenpox develop


Melanoma is a form of skin cancer. Melanoma starts in melanocytes — tiny cells in the outer layer of skin

Skin cancer treatment options

Discussion of skin cancer is usually divided into melanoma (by far the most dangerous form) and the non-melanoma skin cancers,


What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a common skin condition with the main symptom being red, scaly patches that may be


What is ringworm? Ringworm (tinea) is a common skin condition caused by infection with what’s called a dermatophyte fungus. This

Fungal nail problems

Fungal nail infections, known to doctors as onychomycosis, can affect both toenails and fingernails, but toenail infections are more common.

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection of the feet caused by a fungus. The fungus causes an itchy, red

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