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Meningitis

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What is meningitis?

Meningitis is a disorder in which the linings that surround the brain and spinal cord swell up, this is caused by different types of bacteria or a virus. Meningitis can affect anyone at any age and is potentially life threating.

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Poisons - Swallowed

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What are hazardous products if swallowed?

Chemicals that are swallowed may harm the digestive tract, or cause more widespread damage if they enter the bloodstream and are transported to other parts of the body. Hazardous chemicals include common household s....

Poisons snake/spider bites

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What are the symptoms of a venomous bite?

In addition to puncture marks to the skin, the person may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, blurred vision, breathing difficulties, drowsiness, dizziness, pain in the chest or stomach, respiratory we....

Stroke

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How do I identify if someone is suffering a stroke?

To recognise if someone has suffered a stroke, use the FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) test. Firstly look at their face and ask them to smile - if they have had a stroke they may only be able to ....

Sunburn

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What causes sunburn?

Sunburn can be caused by overexposure to the sun or even a sun lamp. Most sunburn is superficial however in severe cases, the skin may become a lobster red in colour and blistered - the person may also be suffering from heatstroke.

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