ACANTHAMOEBA keratitis is rare, but researchers have warned that cases are on the rise. Here's everything you need to know about the eye infection. What is acanthamoeba keratitis? Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is an infection of the cornea. It's caused by a common microscopic organism called Acanthamoeba, which is usually found in bodies of water such as lakes, oceans and rivers. It also lives in domestic tap water, swimming pools, hot tubs, soil and air. AK is most common in people who wear contact lenses. This is because they're more likely to have used a solution that hasn't cleaned their lenses effectively, or their lenses have become contaminated with water. However, anyone with a corneal injury is susceptible. What are the signs and symptoms of the eye infection? According to CooperVision, symptoms include: sensitivity to light and excessive tearing blurred vision with eye redness and pain sensations of having something in your eye severe headaches Can it cause blindness? Around … [Read more...] about What is acanthamoeba keratitis, what are the signs and symptoms of the eye infection and can it cause blindness?
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LEAKY gut syndrome is a point of contention within the medical community. While some health practitioners claim it does not exist, others say it is a severe digestive condition... here's everything you need to know. What is leaky gut syndrome and what causes it? According to the Healthline, leaky gut syndrome (otherwise known as "increased intestinal permeability") is "a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to "leak" through the intestinal wall." This is thought to be caused by damage to the small intestine which allows toxic waste products and harmful bacteria to "leak" through the gut and into the blood stream. While the NHS does not formally recognise the condition, its website states that "some health practitioners claim it is the cause of a wide range of long-term conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis." Although sufferers who believe they have from the condition suffer from fatigue, stomach upsets and severe headaches, the NHS … [Read more...] about What is leaky gut syndrome, what are the signs and symptoms and how can you treat it?
With more sun and high temperatures promised for this summer, there's never been a better time to know how to to stay safe in the sun. To help send the message, Macmillan Cancer Support's mobile bus service comes to Cleethorpes this week, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions and provide support. The team encourages anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by, whether you’re living with cancer, or care for someone who is. This summer Macmillan will be raising awareness of sun safety and encouraging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer - especially important during the current hot weather spell. There are two main types of skin cancer: non melanoma and melanoma. Around 136,000 cases of non melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year which makes it the most common type of cancer by far. It is unlikely to spread, very treatable and the earlier it is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. Melanoma is the 5th most common … [Read more...] about How to spot the signs and symptoms of skin cancer
Although similar, there are key differences between septicaemia and sepsis. But it's important to know your facts about both as they can be fatal. What is septicaemia? Septicaemia is a serious bloodstream infection also known as blood poisoning - it is the name of the infection itself. It occurs when a bacterial infection enters the blood stream - dangerous as it can then spread throughout the body. It can start anywhere but the most common causes are from urinary tract, lung and kidney and stomach infections. It can be life-threatening if not treated in hospital. Is it the same as sepsis? The two are closely linked. While septicaemia is the name of the infection, sepsis is the progression onwards and occurs when the body reacts to the blood infection causing inflammation. Sepsis can lead to organ failure by blocking oxygen reaching organs, which in turn could lead to death if not caught early. However in minor cases it can be treated at home with antibiotics. The NHS says: "Sepsis can … [Read more...] about What is septicaemia? Is it the same as sepsis and what are the signs and symptoms of the infection to look out for?
THERE are hundreds of different types of cancers and it remains one of the biggest killers. The most deadly form is lung cancer, followed by bowel, prostate and then breast. These four cancers account for nearly half, 45 per cent, of overall deaths from cancer. In the UK, around 13,300 people a year are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, according to Cancer Research. And spotting the early signs of the disease could make all the difference when it comes to survival. Experts recommend that those individuals perform regular checks of their skin to spot for potential signs of the disease returning, or new melanomas appearing. What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This growth can occur when damage is caused to skin cells – most often caused by UV radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. This damage can triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours. How common is skin … [Read more...] about What are skin cancer signs and symptoms, what does melanoma look like and is it caused by sunburn?