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Abuse and safety

Abuse is defined as any action that intentionally harms or injures another person. Abuse is never OK: everyone has the right to feel safe and to live free from fear. Read more
Acne

Acne

Acne is a skin problem that usually starts in your teens. Your skin becomes greasy, skin pores become blocked and you develop whiteheads, blackheads, pimples or cysts. Acne usually gets better with time, though may take some years to resolve. A few people, however, may have problems into their 30s and 40s, and those with severe acne may be left with some scars (early treatment may help prevent this). Read more

Acute pain

Pain can be acute (onset within hours or days) or chronic (lasting weeks, months or years). It's important to recognise which type of pain you have, as well as understand what can be done to help. Read more
Allergies – tips for children starting school

Allergies – tips for children starting school

For children with allergies, starting school takes an extra degree of planning. Read more
Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that causes a gradual decline in a person's ability to remember, understand, communicate and reason. Read more
Angina

Angina

Angina is chest pain that occurs when the blood supply to the muscles of your heart are restricted. This can be due to narrowing of the arteries supplying the heart. Read more

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are mainly used to treat allergies such as hay fever, hives or urticaria, and itching. They may be used to help reduce feeling sick (nausea) and being sick (vomiting). Read more
Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. However, some people find themselves worrying or feeling anxious so often that it interferes with their day to day life. Anxiety disorders are very common, affecting approximately 15% of the population. Read more
Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis literally means ‘inflammation of a joint’ and is common as we get older. Read more

Arthritis in children

Arthritis in children is an autoimmune illness where, for unknown reasons, the immune system becomes confused and attacks healthy cells rather than invading foreign bodies such as bacteria or viruses. Read more

Asthma

Asthma is a common respiratory condition which affects the air passages or breathing tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. Asthma causes wheeze and cough, and can make breathing difficult. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, affecting up to 1 in 4 children and 1 in 6 adults. Read more
Asthma – children

Asthma – children

Asthma is a condition that causes cough, wheeze and shortness of breath. It is common, affecting 1 in 4 children in New Zealand. With treatment, asthma can be well-managed and children can run and play as normal. Many also grow out of it as they get older. Read more
Asthma - children: self care

Asthma - children: self care

The most important part of managing asthma is what you do at home, school, work or play. Yes, it's important to see your doctor/nurse and be on the right medication or inhalers, but it's up to you to find a way to help your child remember to take inhalers every morning and evening (or to remember to do this for them if they are too young to do this themselves). Read more

Asthma – exercise

Some people with asthma experience symptoms when they exercise; this is called exercise-induced asthma (EIA), which may be made worse by cold, dry conditions and if the person is unfit. EIA can be managed with the right information and help from your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or asthma educator. Read more

Asthma in pregnancy

Changes to your body during pregnancy may affect your asthma – it may become better or it may worsen, it may even reappear after not having been an issue since childhood. The key is to be aware of your symptoms and know what to do to keep your asthma under control. Read more
Athlete's foot

Athlete's foot

Athlete's foot is a common skin infection affecting the feet, caused by tinea (a fungal infection) resulting in scaling and itching. Read more

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition that affects the heart, causing an irregular heart beat. This is known as a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). Read more
Back pain

Back pain

Back pain, most commonly of the lower spine, affects 4 out of 5 people at some stage of their life. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to recover and prevent pain from returning. Keeping active and maintaining good posture are two key activities that help prevent back pain. Read more

Bladder control problems – men

Difficulties with passing urine are common as men age. One in 3 men over 50 years of age and nearly all men aged over 85 years experience some difficulty in urinating. Read more

Bladder control problems – women

Bladder control problems (when you pee unexpectedly) are commen in women and are often a sign that one of the mechanisms which keeps us dry is not working correctly. Most women with urinary leakage find they can overcome it or improve their control, but many do not seek help. Read more