Threadworm (also known as pinworm) is the most common human worm infestation that occurs in Australia. It can infest even the “cleanest” people, affecting 1 in 2 kids and 1 in 3 adults! Despite its unsavoury reputation, threadworms are relatively harmless. When examined closely, these worms look like a short piece of white thread, (thus explaining their name), and measure between 2 and 13 millimetres in length.
Ticks! These bloodsucking parasites feed on blood and are often encountered by people in Summer; especially if out bushwalking. Did you know that ticks are second only to mosquitoes as vectors (transmitters) of human disease ? This information will give you a guide to prevention of tick bites before going out for a walk, advice on how to treat the bite, and how to REMOVE ticks. If after getting a tick bite your bite remains a problem, or you feel unwell but don’t know why, please seek medical care.
Tinea is a highly contagious fungal infection that can infect the skin. The most commonly affected areas include the feet, groin, scalp and beneath the breasts. Tinea can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or indirectly through contact with fungal cells, from skin and scalp lesions of people who have the infection, lesions of animals, contami-nated floors, shower cubicles, benches, clothing and towels. Tinea is also known as ringworm, which is a misleading name since no worm is involved!
Australians are travelling overseas in ever-increasing numbers. Whatever your age or destination, properly preparing before you leave and staying in good health while travelling can help you to have a happy and enjoyable trip. Your local LiveLife Pharmacy are in the perfect position to help advise you and to ensure you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday. This information leaflet will cover some of the more common “travel conditions” and how they are best prevented/managed.