+ Acne

What is it? Acne occurs when the sebaceous follicles on the face, neck, chest or back become blocked with keratin and sometimes inflamed or infected. Acne is a very common, chronic condition that usually starts in adolescence. Of the 90% of teenagers that suffer from acne, about half will go on to have it as an adult.

While not medically serious, acne can cause significant distress, and severe acne can lead to scarring which can be permanent. Many over-the-counter treatments for acne are only useful for mild forms. For moderate to severe acne, a prescription medication is usually required.

How we can help

If you suffer from acne, we can help recommend the appropriate treatment based on your skin type and offer you a prescription, or if indicated, a referral to a private dermatologist for specialist treatment.

+ Eczema and Dry Skin

What is it?

Atopic eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a dry skin condition in which skin may become itchy, red or hot in patches. The skin may ooze or weep, and may become sore or crust over. Eczema usually begins in childhood and is typically affects skin behind the knees, inside the elbows, on the side of the neck or around eyes and ears. Roughly one third of childhood eczema will persist into adulthood.

How we can help

If you suffer from eczema, we can help prescribe medication which may help, such as emollients and steroid creams. We can also treat flare-ups with antibiotics.

+ Fungal Infections

What is it?

Fungal infections can include ringworm, fungal foot infections (athlete's foot), jock itch, fungal nail infections or full body fungal infections (tinea versicolour).

How we can help

We can offer a diagnosis, advice on prevention and reoccurrence, and prescribe anti-fungal creams or tablets.

+ Hives

What is it?

Hives, or a urticaria rash, is a reaction of the skin marked by red or pale swellings and intense itching. Hives may be localised or generalised. Hives may occur due to a number of factors including specific foods, drugs, infection, or even emotional stress. Hives may occur for a short period or for longer, and may reoccur.

How we can help

If you suffer from hives, we may be able to offer a diagnosis and treatment, such as an oral antihistamine or steroid, online. We may also be able to investigate the cause of your hives by offering investigations such as blood tests, and if appropriate we can refer you to a dermatologist or immunologist for further investigation.

+ Psoriasis

What is it?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which the skin becomes inflamed, proliferates and creates red or pink raised lesions with a silvery scaly surface. Lesions may appear anywhere, but are usually found on the scalp, the back, and over knees and elbows. Individuals with psoriasis may also suffer from joint disease.

How we can help

We may be able to diagnose psoriasis online, and prescribe an appropriate medication based on its severity. We may also be able to refer you to a private dermatologist if psoriasis is severe and/or does not respond to first-line treatment.

+ Rosacea

What is it?

Rosacea is a skin condition among fair-skinned individuals characterised by facial flushing, usually on the forehead, bridge of nose and cheeks. Over time, the flushing can become more widespread and spots can arise. The skin may be sore, itch, or sting. Rosacea may also cause problems with the eyes.

How we can help

We may be able to diagnose rosacea online and provide appropriate treatment depending on the severity, such as a skin cream or an antibiotic. We may also be able to refer to a private dermatologist if your skin is not responding to first-line treatment.

+ Shingles

What is it?

Shingles is a skin condition caused by the Vericella Zoster virus (the same virus that causes chicken pox). It is characterised by a rash that occurs along a distinct distribution based on nerve patterns.

Before the rash appears, an individual will find the skin to be itchy, numb and painful. A rash then appears which starts as spots that form into blisters, which then crust over. Shingles can be thought of as a reactivation of the chicken pox virus.

How we can help

We may be able to offer a diagnosis online, and offer anti-viral treatment which will help reduce the severity of symptoms. We can also offer a vaccine to adults which will help prevent shingles from occurring at all.

+ Warts

What is it?

Warts are small lesions caused the human papilloma viruses (HPV). They usually occur as a result of skin-to-skin contact, or indirectly throughcontaminated surfaces. It may take anywhere from one month to two years to develop warts after the skin becomes infected. Warts can occur anywhere on the body, but frequently appear on the soles of the feet or the hands. Warts may persist for months or years before resolving.

How we can help

If you have a wart that you would like to be removed, we can offer an online diagnosis and prescribe a topical medication which may help the wart disappear faster.

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