Word of the fortnight….deciphering medical jargon

Who doesn’t vividly remember squeezing in between a gaggle of other teenage girls, craning to get a better look at the latest edition of the 80’s and 90’s teen phenomenon that was More magazine? Obviously the only thing most of us were really interested in was the infamous fortnightly feature involving basic sketches of various karma sutra inspired poses. In tribute to this great bastion of literature I thought I would start my own version…. although probably a lot less titillating you’ll be disappointed to know!

The medical profession is obsessed by jargon. We essentially seem to have our own language, which can be somewhat confusing. In addition many words that doctors regard as ‘medical’ are also used in normal parlance. This can sometimes result in patients and medics using the same vocabulary yet talking at cross purposes. Every fortnight I shall attempt to decipher & explain a nugget of medical jargon.

So to kick things off with a quickie and in homage to my son who seems to perpetually suffer from this problem I’ll start with the word Rhinits.

Rhinitis essentially means either a runny or stuffy nose. It is due to the thin lining inside your nose and nasal passages becoming infected or irritated. The commonest examples of this are the common cold or hay fever.

Please do let me know if you find this of use or if there are any particular words you think warrant a spot on the blog!


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