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Hay Fever Vs Cold

At this time of year, it's hard to tell the difference between hay fever and a cold. It's an important distinction, as the two have very different treatments! We asked our Superintendent Pharmacist, Dipali Khurana, how to tell the difference between the two!

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Sneezing

It's that time of year again - the season that all hay fever sufferers hate the most. As the sun comes out to play, pollen levels start to rise, causing havoc with our eyes, nose and mouth. But what can be done to relieve the symptoms of hay fever? We discuss this, and more, in our article on the topic.

All About Allergies

From sneezing, to rashes, to life-threatening anaphylaxis - an allergy can present in a any number of different ways! As part of Allergy Awareness Week 2017, we give an overview of what it means to 'be allergic' to something, along with some common examples of allergies.

Marathon Top Tips From Team LDC

We offer some last minute advice to those taking on the big challenge this weekend – whether it’s your first time, or you’re a marathon pro, read what team LDC have got to say…

Painful, Swollen Joint? It Could Be Bursitis

We all get aches and pains, but there are few things more frustrating than a pain that keeps coming back! You probably already know that damage to muscles or nerves can cause joint pain, but did you know that a common cause of joint pain is bursitis?

Do I Need Physiotherapy?

A medical speciality that many marathon runners will be familiar with - physiotherapists can assist with a whole host of musculoskeletal conditions, including sporting injuries. From helping with bad backs and sprained ankles, to torn ligaments in the knees, seeing a physio will usually be beneficial. We discuss the common indications for requiring physio, as well as some of the techniques commonly used by therapists.

eConsultancy sits down with LDC's Mark Lea

Digital Business publication eConsultancy asks LDC Commercial Manager what an average day consists of and what he likes about working for London Doctors Clinic

When Tendonitis Strikes...

As part of our build up to the London Marathon, today we're covering the topic of tendonitis. This painful condition is due to the inflammation of the tendons - the structure attaching muscles to bones.

How To Handle Athlete's Foot

In the lead up to the London Marathon this Sunday, we're focusing on conditions commonly seen in runners. One condition of nightmares for the avid runner is athlete's foot - a fungal infection associated with wearing damp trainers - a breeding site for fungus! Unlike many conditions which self-resolve over time, athlete's foot will not go away without active treatment!

Easter Special: Is Chocolate Good For You?

With Easter just around the corner (along with all those chocolate eggs), we thought we’d take the opportunity to put our medical brains to the question: “can chocolate ever be good for you?”.

Blood In Your Stool: Should You Be Worried?

Following on from IBS and Crohn's Disease, as part of IBS Awareness Month, today we're focusing our article on a potential symptom of digestive conditions: blood in the stool. We run through some potential causes of this worrying symptom, as well as what you should do if you ever notice this.

The Chronology of Crohn's

If you don't know what Crohn's is, you probably wouldn't be able to guess from the name alone - unlike some conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome where the clue is most certainly in the name! For those unaware, Crohn's is a chronic condition of the digestive system, affecting over 100,000 people in the UK. In today's blog, we'll cover the chronology of Crohn's, from the first symptoms to look out for, to the long-term management.

Managing Depression With Antidepressants

If you've been diagnosed with depression, there are many ways of managing and treating the condition that don't involve medications. However, should you and your doctor agree that an anti-depressant medication is indicated, there are many different types available. In this article, we introduce you to the world of anti-depressants, including when to start and stop, and the potential side-effects of each.

It's Not Just Soldiers Who Develop PTSD

You've probably heard of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a common condition suffered by those who have experienced the terrors of war, but what you may not realise is that anyone suffering an experience that they deem traumatic can go on to develop this condition. So, what is the difference between a normal reaction to something shocking and PTSD?

What's All The Fuss About Blood Pressure?

It's often the first measurement taken when you visit a doctor, as believe it or not, these two numbers give a valuable insight into just how healthy you are! We explain why these numbers are so important, and why you should keep them within a healthy range.

Heart Palpitations: Why Do I Feel My Heart Beating?

You can't normally feel it, but you can safely assume that so long as you're still standing, your heart must still be ticking away silently! But have you ever suddenly become aware of your heart beating? This is known as having 'palpitations', and can be a symptom of an underlying condition such as anxiety.

Fighting Back Against Panic Attacks

We all recognise stress, many of us are familiar with anxiety, and some of us have experienced panic attacks. But can you list all the different manifestations of panic attacks? There are a lot more than you might think! We discuss symptoms, causes and management of these debilitating episodes.

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