Shingles is a painful, itchy skin rash that usually appears on your chest, but can also affect your trunk, back, legs or face. It is caused by varicella zoster virus, the same virus responsible for chickenpox. It is more common in the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Treatment is works best within 2-3 days of the rash appearing. Vaccination with the shingles vaccine can reduce your risk of shingles and the long-term pain it can cause.
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It is the most common cancer affecting New Zealanders; however, it is largely preventable. If you protect your skin from the sun throughout your life, you will greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer.
St John’s wort is a herb that is sold as a natural health product in New Zealand at health food stores and pharmacies. It is used for the treatment of depression and other conditions such as anxiety.
Muscle strains and ligament sprains are two common injuries that cause various degrees of pain and swelling.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain stops suddenly. After a few minutes without oxygen and food from your blood, your brain begins to suffer damage. If you think someone is having a stroke, ring 111 immediately. If treatment is started within a few hours, permanent damage can be avoided.