By: Aifric Boylan
When minor illness strikes, the common sense approach is to take some time off to rest and recover. That’s all well and good, but many employers or universities will ask for a medical certificate- which often involves a stressful scramble to get a doctor’s appointment the sam...
By: Aifric Boylan
1-     It can be caused by a number of different viruses-  Coxsackievirus A16 is the most common cause and Enterovirus 71 is the second-most common. Because more than one virus can lead to Hand Foot and Mouth disease, unfortunately it’s possible to get it more than once...
By: Aifric Boylan
Slapped Cheek Syndrome is one of those slightly odd viruses that crops up in schools and childcare facilities from time to time- and it seems to be doing the rounds in the past few weeks. It is caused by a virus called Parvovirus B19 (you may have heard of dogs and cats being inf...
By: Aifric Boylan
Fever causes fear- particularly in parents of young children. But is fever itself a dangerous thing? The answer is, almost never. And yet it often causes a lot of worry and stress. In children most infections are viral and thus will get better by themselves. When an infection is ...
By: Aifric Boylan
It’s quite a few years since I was a junior doctor, doing marathon hospital shifts. But I still remember the awful shivery tiredness at 4AM- running from ward to ward, grabbing cups of bad instant coffee every few hours to keep my brain fired up. And then there was the exhausti...
By: Aifric Boylan
Let’s cut to the chase on the common cold- does anything actually help it? There are many products on the market that claim to. Unfortunately, the truth is that none of them make a great deal of difference-but some may offer a little relief. So here is the low down based on stu...

It’s never a waste of our time

Posted on July 14, 2016
By: Aifric Boylan
 “Sorry doc, I hope this isn’t a waste of your time” is a commonly heard phrase in our daily clinics. This is normally followed by an awkward look as though the patient is embarrassed to raise the troubling question that they can’t get out of their head. Today we have ac...
By: Aifric Boylan
These days we are all used to dodging pedestrians who are too absorbed with their smartphones to bother watching where they are going. Over the past week, you may have noticed higher numbers of such people, wandering about the streets with their heads down and eyes glued to their...
By: Aifric Boylan
Dysmenorrhoea is a medical term for period pain that is bad enough to affect a woman’s usual daily activities. Sometimes I think non-sufferers don’t fully understand just how bad dysmenorrhoea can be.  As a GP I have seen women and girls reduced to total misery on a monthly ...

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