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Pleurisy

Trusted information about pleurisy, including what it is, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and prevention from leading Australian health organisations.

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Chest infection

Common in people of all ages, chest infections can occur alongside a cold or the flu. Discover more about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for chest infections.

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Respiratory syncytial virus

RSV or respiratory syncytial virus infects your airways and lungs. Learn more the causes, treatment, prevention and how you can stop the virus from spreading.

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Doxycycline

Doxycycline is an antibiotic medicine. This page explains what doxycycline is used for, how it works, its risks and other treatment options available in its place.

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Pleural effusion

A pleural effusion is an abnormal buildup of fluid around your lungs. It sits in and expands a space known as the pleural cavity. Find out more about pleural effusion.

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a virus that can cause severe pneumonia. It spread from China in 2002-2003. Know what to do in a future outbreak.

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What causes asthma?

Trusted information on the causes of asthma and factors that increase the likelihood of developing asthma, and links to trusted resources

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Coughs, colds and ear infections in children

Trusted information on childhood ailments including coughs, colds, ear infections, sore throat and glue ear.

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What causes pneumonia?

Pneumonia is caused by an infection of the lung. Most infections are due either to bacteria or viruses.

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Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection of glands at the back of the throat. It can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Learn more about tonsillitis.

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Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a chest infection that affects a child’s ability to breathe freely. It usually appears in children under 12 months old.

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