Worms in humans
Several types of intestinal worms may infect people in Australia, but threadworms are by far the most common. Find out the symptoms and treatment of worms.
Threadworms infect children when eggs are transferred from their hands to their mouths. Learn the symptoms, treatment and prevention of threadworm.
Tapeworms can cause infection when drinking contaminated water or eating undercooked meat from infected animals. Find out more about its symptoms and treatments.
Although stools (faeces or poo) can vary, you should pay attention to what your stools look like. Learn more about what changes you should look out for.
Elephantiasis is a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites that can cause arms and legs to swell and the skin to become hard and thick, like an elephant.
Itchy anus (pruritus ani)
An itchy anus, also called pruritus ani is a common complaint. The itch, in or around the anus, can be extremely intense and persistent, causing a constant urge to scratch. Read about causes, things you can do and when to see a doctor.
Ringworm of the body
Ringworm, also known as tinea corporis, is a fungal infection of the body that develops on the top layer of the skin. The fungal infection is characterised by a red circular rash with clear skin in the middle.
Small specks, cobweb-like strands or clouds that move across your vision are called eye floaters. You can learn more about eye floaters here.
Medicines and breastfeeding
While most medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding, some can affect your baby. Find out which medicines you can take and how to get advice.
Good personal hygiene is important and will prevent you and your children from picking up or spreading germs and infectious diseases. Take these steps to avoid getting sick.