Having regular bowel motions is part of being healthy. Bowel habits vary widely between individuals - for some people, being regular means having a bowel motion every day, for others, passing a motion every two days, or even less frequently, is regular for them. It is when changes occur to your bowel motions and their usual pattern, that you can consider you have constipation.
A Urinary tract infection (UTI) or cystitis is a reasonably harmless, though painful infection that commonly affects women. The good news is that your trained Pharmacist can offer you ways to treat and prevent recurring infections.
Skin-related fungal infections occur mainly in warm, moist areas such as in the folds of skin, under the breast, around the groin, in the vagina and between the toes. Initially the skin can look red and rash-like, but can also be scaly, cracked and peeling, and become inflamed and very itchy.
Just like our skin, our nails can be affected by fungal infections, leading to discoloured, thickened and flakey nails that can hurt and even affect walking. The infection is called onychomycosis and is more common in our toenails, in males and with age.
The thought that you, or your children, may have threadworms probably makes you feel ill, not to mention wondering if your standards of hygiene and cleanliness have slipped. In most cases, hygiene is not the issue. Instead it is more the fact that threadworms (also known as pinworms) are fairly common in the wider environment, and easy to catch. The good news is that threadworms are easily treated.