Dear Patient, when it's a virus, antibiotics won't help.

Dear Patient, when it's a virus, antibiotics won't help.

By Dr Umberto Russo MBBS, FRACGP

In my many years practising as a GP and after hours home doctor, I have seen thousands and thousands of cases of acute respiratory infections (e.g. colds and flu). When treating this type of illness, there is one question patients ask more than any other. “Doctor, do I need antibiotics?” And the answer in most cases is a resounding “No”.

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The common infection women hate the most

The common infection women hate the most

By Dr Natalie Caristo MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRACGP 

Without doubt the illness that causes my female patients the most grief (albeit temporarily) is when they contract a urinary tract infection. With cries like, “Doctor, it really, really hurts!”, “It’s really stinging when I pee”, or “I have the urge to ‘go’ 20 times a day!” – it really is the infection that women hate the most...

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Some FAQs about 13SICK [Infographic]

Some FAQs about 13SICK [Infographic]

What does 13SICK do? When can I call? What sort of illnesses do you treat? For quick answers to these and other common questions, consult our handy infographic - and request a magnet too! 

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Influenza 2017 - 5 ways to protect your family

Influenza 2017 - 5 ways to protect your family

Dr Umberto Russo, MBBS (Adelaide) FRACGP

In Australia every year, it is estimated that up to four million people will contract influenza. It causes countless absentee days from work and school. More than 13,500 patients are admitted to hospital with complications from the flu, and last year over 3,000 people in Australia died from the flu.

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