Author Archives: Alicia Pittman

June – July 2017

Wee Problem, Big Solutions

Being unable to control the bladder remains silent because most people don't talk about it. Yet it affects about 13% of Australians.

Severity ranges. Stress incontinence is when urine leaks in response to (for example) movement or any pressure in the pelvis. Urge incontinence is when you need to go to the toilet quickly or else!

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Be wary of Croup

Croup is a viral infection of the throat and windpipe (trachea) and typically affects children under fiver years though children up to eight years can contract it. The hallmark symptom is a harsh, dry, barky cough, mostly at night.

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For the Fainthearted

People may feel dizzy and pass out for many different reasons. Some matter, most don't.

A true faint (vaso-vagal episode) leads to brief unconsciousness because blood pressure drops, blood vessels dilate, or the heart rate slows. When blood pressure to the brain is not maintained we lose consciousness, usually for only a few seconds, go pale, and perhaps feel a bit unwell for a time afterwards. Some people will go through life never fainting whereas others are prone to it.

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April – May 2017

Helping with Learning Difficulties

There are many possible reasons why your child may fall behind in their schoolwork - anything from not getting along with the class teacher to ADHD or a hearing problem. Learning problems need to be detected and remedied early.

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Teething Babies

During teething an infants first teeth (the deciduous teeth, often called "baby teeth" or "milk teeth") subsequently emerge or 'erupt' through the gums. They typically arrive in pairs, the lower two incisors come first at 6-8 months of age, before all 20 teeth take a few years to erupt. This is sometimes called "cutting teeth", but emerging teeth don't in fact cut through the gums but hormones released cause some cells in the gums to die and separate, allowing the teeth to come through.

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Thyroid Tests Serve A Function

The thyroid gland in the front of the neck controls the metabolism of the whole body. Sometimes the gland becomes overactive or underactive. This happens most often in women over 50 who have a family history of thyroid problems or pernicious anaemia (vitamin B12 deficiency).

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Newsletter – February – March 2017

Finding The Balance

Vertigo and dizziness, affecting about 1 in 10 people throughout their life, needs an accurate diagnosis as treatment depends on it.

Vertigo is usually when the inner ear (or balance centre) is affected - conditions such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis (inflammation of the inner ear), Meniere's disease and migraines. Read more

Swat Pesky Ross River

 This viral infection, spread by mosquitos, typically causes joint inflammation, muscle pain and fatigue. These symptoms generally start 3-21 days after being bitten and can include rash and enlarged lymph glands. For some, symptoms are so mild or can mimic a flu-like illness, that they do not even know that they have it. Read more

Travelling With Peace of Mind

There is an old saying that travel broadens the mind and loosens the bowels! Whenever we travel, the change of environment can affect our gut bacteria. However there is a difference between gastroenteritis (an illness) and having slightly looser stools.

Travellers' diarrhoea is an infection where you typically get diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and some aching, headache and fever. Some may get vomiting but this is not common in true travellers' diarrhoea. It can be due to either a virus or bacteria. It is more common in tropical  and less developed countries. Read more

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