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Preface vii Introduction: How to Use This Book ix About the Companion Website xxv Chapter 1 Respiratory Problems 1 Colds and flu 1 Cough 18 Sore throat 29 Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) 38 Respiratory symptoms for direct referral 47 Chapter 2 Gastrointestinal Tract Problems 53 Mouth ulcers 53 Heartburn 60 Indigestion 69 Nausea and vomiting 78 Motion sickness and its prevention 81 Constipation 85 Diarrhoea 95 Irritable bowel syndrome 108 Haemorrhoids 116 Chapter 3 Skin Conditions 127 Eczema/dermatitis 127 Acne 138 Common fungal infections 146 Cold sores 158 Warts and verrucae 162 Scabies 170 Dandruff 174 Psoriasis 179 Chapter 4 Painful Conditions 187 Headache 187 Musculoskeletal problems 205 Chapter 5 Women's Health 219 Cystitis 219 Dysmenorrhoea 228 Premenstrual syndrome 235 Menorrhagia 237 Vaginal thrush 240 Emergency hormonal contraception 249 Common symptoms in pregnancy 257 Chapter 6 Men's Health 261 Lower urinary tract symptoms 261 Erectile dysfunction 266 Hair loss 269 Chapter 7 Eye and Ear Problems 275 Eye problems: The red eye 275 Eye problems: The dry eye 281 Common ear problems 286 Chapter 8 Childhood Conditions 293 Illnesses affecting infants and children up to 16 years 293 Infantile colic 299 Teething 302 Nappy rash (napkin dermatitis) 303 Head lice 309 Threadworm (pinworm) 315 Oral thrush (oral candidiasis) 320 Chapter 9 Insomnia 327 Difficulty sleeping 327 Chapter 10 Prevention of Heart Disease 339 Prevention of heart disease 339 Chapter 11 Malaria Prevention 359 Appendix A: Summary of Symptoms for Direct Referral 369 Appendix B: Resource and Reference Grid 371 Index 387

About the Author

Alison Blenkinsopp, OBE, BPharm, FFRPS, PhD is Professor of the Practice of Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences of the University of Bradford, Bradford, UK. Martin Duerden, BMedSci, MB BS, DRCOG, DipTher, DPH, FRCGP is a General Practitioner and Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation of Bangor University, Bangor, UK. John Blenkinsopp, MB, ChB, BPharm, MRPharmS is Chief Medical Officer, Avipero Ltd, a biopharmaceutical company based in Edinburgh, UK.

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