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Common skin conditions

A short guide to some of the most common skin conditions. Atopic eczema  Cold sores Hives (urticaria)  Impetigo Itching Psoriasis  Ringworm  Scabies  Vitiligo Warts and verrucas Atopic eczema  Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema and makes your…

Complementary and alternative medicine

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are treatments that fall outside of mainstream healthcare. These medicines and treatments range from acupuncture and homeopathy, to aromatherapy, meditation and colonic irrigation. This page covers: Defining CAMs Deciding to use complementary or alternative treatments Availability on the NHS Finding…

Contact lens safety

Cleaning and using your contact lenses properly will help keep your eyes healthy and free from infections. Do: wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your lenses only wear your contacts for the recommended time always have an up-to-date pair of glasses for when…

Contraceptive cap

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the cap.   At a glance: facts about…

The contraceptive injection

A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the injection. At a glance: the contraceptive injection…

Cooking turkey

Cook the perfect turkey with our tips on defrosting, preparing and cooking poultry safely, and how to store leftovers. Defrosting your turkey If you buy a frozen turkey, make sure it's properly defrosted before cooking. If it's still partially frozen, it may not cook evenly, which means that harmful bacteria…

Coping with a cancer diagnosis

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. About half of people born after 1960 will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. But how do you cope if it happens to you? Getting a cancer diagnosis The C-word fills most people with dread. In one…

Coping with a positive HIV test

Hearing that you have HIV can be shocking, but people with HIV can live a long and healthy life. Find out how to cope with a positive test result and where to go for support. Read the information below or go straight to the advice on: your emotions getting the test result…

Coping with bereavement

The death of a loved one can be devastating. Bereavement counsellor Sarah Smith describes some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support. Bereavement affects people in different ways. There's no right or wrong way…

Coping with colds and flu

Most of us will have a cold this autumn or winter, and some of us will have the flu. Here's how to look after yourself if these viruses affect you. Colds and flu are caused by viruses. There are more than 200 common cold viruses and three types…
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