Acne

Pimples en masse are called acne or officially acne vulgaris. Vulgar(is) meaning common rather than vulgar meaning uncouth. Common or uncouth, acne is better absent than present. Acne occurs when the sebaceous ..

Acne Rosacea

Rosacea, from the Latin word rosaceus, meaning ‘rose coloured’, describes the main feature of rosacea: rosy red skin. Sometimes known as acne rosacea or adult acne, rosacea is not related to pimples (acne vulga..

Alopecia

See Baldness (/health-encyclopaedia/baldness-alopecia) ..

Anaemia

Are you exhausted? I mean really exhausted. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being full-of-beans, do your energy levels hover around 2 or 3? It could be iron deficiency anaemia. Don’t worry, iron deficiency anaemia is ..

Anorexia Nervosa

Any eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, is special torment for both the sufferer and those who care for them. Anyone who has not experienced this condition has difficulty understanding how completely i..

Anxiety, Panic Attack

Anxiety is a marriage between body and mind. An unhappy marriage. The more anxious you feel, the more symptoms your body exhibits. From diarrhoea and nausea to heart gripping chest pains. Defined as a ‘generali..

Appetite, Excessive

Our bodies are creatures of habit, and if lunchtime is always 12.30, the odds are that we will feel hungry at 12.25. Just like Pavlov’s dog we salivate at the right trigger, such as the jingle on TV for a snack..

Appetite, Poor

In our ‘thin is beautiful’ society, we can easily forget that a good appetite is a measure of good health. Just what is a normal appetite? See also Anorexia Nervosa (/health-encyclopaedia/anorexia-nervosa) ..

Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

By the time we reach 50 years of age, most of us will have some degree of osteoarthritis (OA). Almost all vertebrates are affected, even whales and fish. OA is not a new fangled disease, skeletons of mummified ..

Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the vicious cousin of Osteoarthritis (OA). Rheumatoid arthritis is often excruciatingly painful, more so than OA. Whereas OA goes about its business of slow degeneration over time m..

Asthma

A Treatise of Asthma was written by Moses Maimonides, Rabbi, philosopher and medico. In this text, written over 1000 years ago, Maimonides clearly describes how asthma symptoms often start as a common cold duri..

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, the hardening and thickening of artery walls that restricts blood flow, is not a disease in its own right, yet it’s presence invites all the heavy hitters including coronary heart dis..

Athlete's Foot

See Fungal Infections (/health-encyclopaedia/fungal-infections)..

Atopic Dermatitis

See Eczema, Dermatitis (/health-encyclopaedia/eczema-dermatitis)..

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Is your breath on the doggy side? Do work colleagues reel back and dry retch when you ask where the stapler is? Even if things aren’t this dire, bad breath or halitosis is a condition that is a source..

Baldness (Alopecia)

A paper entitled ‘Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance’ revealed that bald or closely shaven men were perceived to be stronger and taller than their hairier colleagues. Despite these findings, squilli..

Bedsores

As if being confined to a bed or wheelchair isn’t bad enough, bedsores are a constant threat to the health and comfort of the bedridden person. They are created by consistent pressure on one part of t..

Bedwetting

See Incontinence (/health-encyclopaedia/incontinence)..

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

See Prostate, Enlarged (/health-encyclopaedia/prostate-enlarged)..

Bladder Infection

See Cystitis (/health-encyclopaedia/cystitis)..