Ailments: A-Z

Wind Wind is a build up of excessive gas in the stomach or intestines which can cause cramps and discomfort. What to look for abdominal bloating and pain. belching. flatulence Gas is a normal part of your digestive process, however it can still be painful and embarrassing. You can usually prevent...

Whooping Cough This is a highly infectious bacterial disease characterised by a strange ‘whoop’ sound upon coughing. What to look for a runny nose, cough, mild fever and loss of appetite. conjunctivitis spasms of coughing - with the characteristic ‘whoop’ at the end. vomiting after coughing episodes. Whooping cough or pertussis, is...

Wheezing What to look for a whistling sound and laboured breathing.    Wheezing usually occurs in hayfever sufferers, respiratory infections, bronchitis or emphysemaand asthma. Less commonly people who suffer cystic fibrosis will wheeze. You should see a regular doctor if you suffer from wheezing. Causes If you are breathing through bronchial...

Vitiligo This is an unappealing yet harmless skin disorder characterised by white patches of skin that have seemingly lost their ability to produce the normal colour of the skin. What to look for White patches of skin usually on exposed areas of the body- can occur symmetrically. Hair may...

Vision Problems What to look for Blurred vision when you are looking at distant objects. Blurred vision when you are looking at close objects. Vertical or horizontal lines that appear blurry. Flashing-lights or spots in your eyes. problems deciphering between red and green in dim light. Difficulty distinguishing objects in dim light. (Also...

Vaginal Problems These are problems that occur in the vagina (a part of the female reproductive system connected to the cervix). What to look for your vulva is swollen and itchy. you have white areas on your vulva. there is more vaginal discharge than normal, it smells, burns or itches. abnormal...

Uterine Problems What to look for heavy irregular bleeding, with pain in the lower abdomen or back. difficulty urinating and moving bowels, incontinence, backaches. bleeding between periods. chronic, abnormal bleeding. The uterus has two parts - the body of the organ and the cervix. It is essentially a strong, hollow, pear-shaped...

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