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Blisters

Blisters

A blister is a fluid filled lump that appears where the skin's outer is repeatedly rubbed or in some other way injured. Read more
Blood pressure

Blood pressure

Your blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Read more

Bowel cancer screening

Between 2017 and 2020, a national bowel screening programme will become available to everyone aged 60 to 74 who is eligible for publicly funded healthcare in New Zealand. Read more
Breast screening

Breast screening

BreastScreen Aotearoa is a free national breast screening programme for NZ women aged 45–70 years of age that checks women for signs of early breast cancer. Read more

Bunion

A bunion is a bony lump that forms at the base of the big toe. Bunions form when your big toe keeps pushing against the next toe. Over time, this can damage the joint and become enlarged and painful. Read more

Cancer – what is?

Cancer is when certain cells in the body grow and divide in an uncontrolled way. These cells can invade and destroy surrounding tissues. Read more

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex illness that affects many systems of the body, particularly the nervous and immune systems. People with CFS experience extreme tiredness that doesn't go away with rest and cannot be explained by other more easily detected causes. Read more

Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease is a a permanent autoimmune disorder that causes a reaction to gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. This immune reaction makes part of your gut inflamed and can lead to a range of symptoms and nutritional problems. Read more
Cold or the flu?

Cold or the flu?

During wintertime, as the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it's not uncommon to hear that people have come down with a nasty cold or are off work with the flu. Read more
Cold sores

Cold sores

Cold sores are small fluid-filled blisters that appear on the skin, usually on the lips, chin, cheeks, or in the nostrils. Some people have no symptoms from the infection; others develop painful and unsightly cold sores that last for a week or more. Read more
Concussion

Concussion

A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury that can occur if you suffer a blow to the head or hit your head after a fall. Concussion results in a short-term loss of normal brain function in response to this head injury. Read more

Congenital heart disease

Congenital heart disease is the name for heart problems people are born with. Read more
Constipation

Constipation

Constipation is when your bowel movements (poos) become hard and lumpy, making them painful or difficult to get out. It is a common problem. Read more

COPD

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a term for damage to the lungs (pulmonary = lungs) which makes breathing difficult. Read more

Cough & cold medicines – adults

Easy-to-read medicine information about cold and cough medicines. Read more
Cough & cold medicines – children

Cough & cold medicines – children

Coughs and colds are common in children, but what medicines can be given? Read more
Croup

Croup

Croup is a viral illness in babies and young children that causes a narrowing of the upper airways, often leading to a 'barking' cough (like a seal), hoarse voice and raspy breath. Read more

Dental – children's oral health

When it comes to oral care for children, getting off to a good start is essential. Teeth play an important role in jaw development, eating and speech. They need to be healthy and well-cared for from the beginning. Read more

Dental – tooth decay

Tooth decay is damage that occurs when a combination of bacteria, plaque and acids in our mouth eat away at a tooth. This can lead to a 'hole' in the tooth, known as a cavity or caries. Read more

Dental – oral health

Teeth have a huge influence on your appearance and overall health. Keep them clean, white and healthy and you have a wonderful asset. Neglect them and your appearance and health both suffer. Daily care, along with a healthy diet and regular visits to your dental practice, will keep your smile in top condition Read more