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Symptoms

Feeling unwell and not sure what to do? Find trusted health information about causes, treatments and prevention for a broad range of symptoms below, such as back pain, diarrhoea, fever, joint pain, sore throat and more.

You can also use our Symptom Checker for advice on what to do next or browse our A-Z index for more symptoms.

Abdominal pain usually refers to cramps or a dull ache in the belly.

Abdominal pain

Suffering stomach cramps or tummy ache? Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatments of abdominal pain.

Back injuries seriousness depends on the cause of the injury and the amount of force involved.

Back injuries

Back injuries are very common, and often occur as a result of sudden movements, bumps, knocks or falls. Learn more about the signs of back injury and...

If you have back pain lasting longer than six weeks, you should see your doctor.

Back pain

Back pain is very common and affects most people at some point in their life. This page explains its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and preve...

Call triple zero (000)if you feel short of breath and also have pains in your chest

Breathing problems

Breathing problems can come on slowly or quickly, and can be just annoying, or can be very serious. Learn about causes, symptoms, treatments and self...

Children can be likely to get bumps and bruises because they are often physically active.

Bumps, knocks and bruises

Bumps, knocks and bruises are common injuries that everyone will experience from time to time. Read more about treatments for bumps, knocks and bruise...

Contact with an iron is a common cause of burns.

Burns and scalds

Burns are common. Common causes include sunburn, scalds from hot water in the home and chemical burns. Read about the symptoms, treatments, and differ...

A chest injury may be to the chest wall itself, or any of the organs inside the chest.

Chest injuries

Chest injury is any injury to the chest area, between the neck and the abdomen. Learn about the signs of injury and treatments.

Chest pain is any sort of pain felt in your upper body.

Understanding chest pain

Chest pain is any sort of pain felt in your upper body, from your jaw and shoulders down to your ribs. Find out the facts and when to be concerned.

Cough is a common symptom for colds and the flu.

Cough

Most coughs are caused by viruses which inflame the throat, windpipe or lungs. Here are some tips to relieve the symptoms.

Diarrhoea loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea may last for only a few days, or may be a sign of something else. Find out here about causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

It is recommended to use a digital thermometer for an accurate temperature reading.

Fever

A high temperature is a normal response to infection and can be a common sign of a cold or flu. Learn about how to take a temperature reading and self...

Head injuries

The most common causes of head injuries are falls, assaults and car accidents. Find out more about the symptoms and treatments here.

Headaches

Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common health complaints, but most are easily treated. Find out about the different types of headaches and treatments.

Bee stings

Insect bites and stings

Most insect bites will clear up in a day or two, although some people can have severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Learn more about insect bites ...

Old woman with joint pain and swelling.

Joint pain and swelling

Joint pain and swelling can affect any joint in the body, and is often accompanied by stiffness and aches. Read more to learn about joint pain and swe...

Leg pain

Leg pain

Leg pain can be described as any feeling of pain or discomfort in the area between your groin and ankle. Depending on the cause, leg pain can vary fro...

Limb injuries

A limb injury is any injury to a limb, such as a leg or arm, or to their toes and fingers. Find out more about limb injuries and its many causes.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is when the hollow spaces in the bones of your face become inflamed. Sinusitis is a common symptom for colds and the flu and it can be diffi...

Skin conditions

Skin conditions

There are many different kinds of rashes and skin conditions. Some are quick and easy to treat, while others are chronic or more difficult to get rid ...

Girl with sore throat

Sore throat (pharyngitis)

A sore throat is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection and is common with a cold or flu.Learn more about the self-care of sore throats.

Sunscreen being applied.

Sunburn

All people are at risk of sunburn, and young children can get seriously burnt in less than 30 minutes. Here's how to avoid and treat sunburn.

Vomiting is the body's way of ridding itself of harmful substances.

Vomiting

Vomiting in adults is usually not a sign of anything serious and tends to only last one or two days. Learn the causes and when to seek medical advice.

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