The top 10 conditions of 2013

At this time of year everyone looks back. Here at, we thought we would look and see which of our health information pages were the most visited in 2013.

With our finger on the health pulse of the nation, let’s see what conditions people were looking at, or affected by, in 2013.

Top 10 conditions of 2013

10 – Knee injury
In at number 10, knee ligament injury. Usually from a direct blow to the knee, from sport, or a fall. My goodness, we are a calamitous bunch!

9 – Piles
About half the people in the UK develop one or more haemorrhoids at some stage. So it’s not surprising that this condition features. Ouch!

8 – Rectal bleeding
There are many causes of rectal bleeding. The most common type of rectal bleeding is mild. Our leaflet covers all you need to know.

7 – Liver function tests
Whilst not a condition, liver function tests featured highly on our list. Liver function tests can help diagnose and monitor liver disorders for this most hard-working of organs.

6 – Leg cramps
Many people have an occasional leg cramp. However, they can occur frequently in some people and are more common in older people.

5 – Hypothyroidism
This condition causes a slowing of the body's functions. The symptoms develop gradually. About 1 in 50 women, and about 1 in 1,000 men develop hypothyroidism at some time in their life.

4 – Acid reflux
We have all had the odd bit of heartburn, but acid reflux and oesophagitis can be a real problem for many people. About 1 adult in 3 has some heartburn every few days and nearly 1 adult in 10 has heartburn at least once a day.

3 – Swollen glands
If you are fighting an infection, the lymph glands nearby swell quickly and become tender. This is your immune system 'fighting off' infecting germs. However, there can be other less common causes.

2 – Chickenpox
Most children have chickenpox at some stage, and full recovery is usual. You can read how to ease the symptoms here.

1 – Shingles
Our number 1 condition this year has been shingles, with over 761,000 pageviews since January 2013. About 1 in 5 people have shingles at some time in their life, and it is most common in people over the age of 50.

It occurs because the chickenpox virus which has been lying dormant in your body has been reactivated. A vaccine against shingles for older people was introduced this year.

So there we have it – a countdown of our top 10 conditions this year. Have a healthy and happy 2014, and remember we will be there with trusted health information when you need us.


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