Food Allergy

Food allergies, unheard of a few decades ago, are now frequently diagnosed or self-diagnosed. Food allergies, food sensitivities, food intolerances – call them what you will. You may as well, because there is s..

Foot Odour

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Fungal Infections

Various forms of fungi take up residence within and on our bodies, particularly in warm moist areas such as between the toes and the vagina as well as skin and nails. Fungi are a primitive vegetable, ..


‘Fair, fat, fertile and forty’ is the ditty medical students still learn to describe women most at risk of gallstones. Unflattering, perhaps, but accurate. Up to 30 per cent of people have gallstones, many of w..

Gastric Ulcer

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Gastroesophageal Reflux

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Genital Herpes

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Genital Warts

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Glandular Fever

Catching a kissing disease sounds like fun. Well, it’s not. Not remotely fun. Caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, glandular fever is a common infection in children and teenagers. It often cruelly strikes students..


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Glue Ear

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Gluten Free Eating

Gluten is a little protein molecule that is found in some grains, including wheat. For some people gluten is a big problem as it sparks off an intolerant or allergic reaction. Some people have Coeliac Disea..

Gluten Intolerance

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Gout conjures up images of a hefty King Henry VIII with copious jowls, lolling around in an ermine coat, tucking into a pie of roast swan washed down with a few pints of ale. However, gout can strike even the m..

Gum Disease

If you’ve noticed you’re a little longer in the tooth lately, the cause may well be gingivitis – the first sign of periodontal disease. Periodontal means ‘around the tooth’ and refers to any disorder of the gum..


Haemochromatosis is a case of too much of a good thing. While iron deficiency anaemia is the most common nutritional deficiency, people with haemochromatosis have the opposite problem, they absorb too much iron..


If you have a distended and painful varicose vein on your leg, you can expect sympathy and offers of support from your friends. If the exact same problem is in your bottom, everyone thinks it’s funny. Except yo..