The Street Doctors - Dr Jonty, Dr George, Dr Ayan and Dr Barbara - have stepped out of their surgeries and onto the streets to treat and cure the Great British public. Their lastest stop is the historical capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Dr Ayan meets his first patient who is suffering with agonising premenstrual syndrome.
If you suffer with premenstrual syndrome Dr Ayan suggests. Reducing foods junk foods lie sweets, cakes and chocolate. Cutting down on alcohol and caffeine. Getting plenty of sleep and exercise. Vitamin B6 or Evening Primrose Oil may help. And remember you can always see your GP for further advice.
Dr Barbara is down at the docks where she jumps on board to meet her next patient, with an unusual looking mole. They are worried about its link to skin cancer and want to examine it properly.
If you're wondering whether a mole needs further examination. Dr Barbara suggests using an alphabetical check-list: A is for asymmetrical – is it an irregular shape? B is for border – does it have a uneven edge? C is for colour – has the colour changed? And D is for diameter – Is it getting bigger? If any of these are true, get the mole seen by your GP.
As the Edinburgh street surgery draws to a close, Dr Barbara had an important appointment to keep with Kiaz, as they discuss the effects of menopause.
If you're concerned that you may be starting the menopause look out for these signs; irregular periods, mood swings and irritability, nights sweats and hot flushes and a lack of libido. If you have any of these symptoms you could see your GP for advice
- NHS Direct - Menopause
- Advice and facts on the physical and emotional aspects of the menopause.
- Skin Cancer
- Features some useful info on skin cancer, with sections on risk factors and precautions.
- Cancer Research UK
- An excellent site with helpful information about the dangers of sunlight as well as details on different forms of skin cancer.
from Dr Ayan
- Eat five portions of fruit and veg a day.
- Drink plenty of water, eight glasses a day for an adult.
- Exercise is crucial. Twenty minutes minimum, three or four times a week.
- Avoid stress by managing your time better. If you leave everything to the last minute then it creates stressful situations.