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Dentists in Singapore and worldwide have reported a rise in teeth grinding or clenching – medically termed bruxism – since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Stress is a known trigger for increased grinding and clenching of teeth. In fact, many people grind their teeth during sleep but are unaware of it.

 

How do you know if you suffer from bruxism?

You may have bruxism if you experience dull or aching pain around your jaw or cheeks, jaw pain with chewing, difficulty opening your mouth wide, or if your jaw locks or clicks on opening and closing.

 

 

It also commonly leads to tension headaches, which are typically felt as a pressure band at the temples or forehead.

 

 

Chronic teeth grinding also wears down the enamel of teeth, and in severe cases, may result in cracked teeth or even loss of teeth.

 

 

 

What treatments are there for bruxism?

 

 

(Link to previous articles: https://www.healthspringsgroup.com.sg/9-tips-for-a-better-sleep-at-night/
https://www.healthspringsgroup.com.sg/maintaining-mental-health-during-covid-19/)

 

 

If you suspect that you clench or grind your teeth at night, you can consult our doctors for further assessment and treatment.

People who are already faced with restricted diets and limitations on food items that are safe to eat—that is even without the COVID-19 pandemic that stirs people to panic-buy and potentially emptying out the shelves of grocery staples.

 

For allergy sufferers who are accustomed to navigating tricky food situations, reading food labels, and bringing their own food to parties, the COVID-19 crisis has been particularly more challenging.

It is such cases that make it more essential to educate ourselves about food allergies! What many don’t know is that not all adverse reactions to food are caused by allergies. As a women’s health clinic that offers food and skin allergy treatments in Singapore, we will explain further.

 

Food Allergy & Food Intolerance: What’s the Difference?

 

Physical reactions to certain types of food are common, but more often, they are caused by a food intolerance rather than a food allergy. But, the two are easily confused because they have some shared signs and symptoms such as the following:

 

 

So, what are the differences?

 

Symptoms of Food Intolerance

 

 

When food irritates your stomach and/or fails to digest it properly, that is food intolerance and you may experience the following symptoms:

 

 

Lactose intolerance is a common condition that is often mistaken as a food allergy. It is the deficiency in an enzyme that helps break down lactose sugar, which is found in cow’s milk and other ruminant milk (sheep, goat, buffalo, etc.)

 

Symptoms of a Food Allergy

 

 

 

A food allergy, on the other hand, happens when your immune system mistakes certain food ingredients as harmful and triggers nasty reactions that can be severe or life-threatening.

Some of the typical food allergy symptoms include:

 

 

Allergic symptoms can appear anywhere from minutes to 2 hours after ingestion and common sources of food allergies can include peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, and cow’s milk.

The primary difference between the two is that while food intolerance is generally less serious and often limited to digestive issues, a food allergy can affect your whole body and can be fatal if left unattended.

 

A visit to our women’s health clinic in Singapore can help you distinguish an allergic reaction from food intolerance and determine what to do if one occurs.

 

How to Diagnose & Treat a Food Allergy

 

 

Diagnosis of a food allergy is made based on your history and tests which may include a skin prick test and/or a blood test. You can help with the diagnosis by keeping a mental note of the foods you eat and the symptoms you have had with each.

 

Once your allergies are determined, you will have to avoid the food that triggers the symptoms, as repeated exposure can escalate minor reactions into major ones.

If you feel you have a food allergy, you can speak with our lady doctors at our clinics about your symptoms. We would be able to give you a better understanding of how you can handle and control your condition.

 

Stay home, stay safe. During this global pandemic, your health is our priority.

 

We offer teleconsultation services for your medical and skin concerns. We can also arrange medication and skincare product delivery to your doorstep.

Visit our website to learn more.

 

Hypertension, also know known as high blood pressure, refers to the condition in which the blood is pumped around the body at too high a pressure.

 

This condition is becoming an increasingly common problem in Singapore.

 

Among adults 18 to 69 years old, the incidence of hypertension has increased from 18.9% in 2010 to 21.5% in 2017.

 

Among adults 60-69 years old, the incidence is 1 in 2!

 

 

 

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure 

Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.

 

A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren’t specific and usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage.

 

 

Risks of High Blood Pressure

Hypertension if not well controlled, leads to increased risk of stroke, heart, eye and kidney disease.

 

 

 

Causes of High Blood Pressure

There are two types of high blood pressure: Primary hypertension and Secondary Hypertension.

 

For most adults, there’s no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure, called primary (essential) hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years.

 

Some people have high blood pressure caused by an underlying condition. This type of high blood pressure, called secondary hypertension, tends to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than does primary hypertension.

 

Various conditions and medications can lead to secondary hypertension, including:

 

 

 

How to Manage High Blood Pressure

Besides taking medications, there are many other measures one can take to improve blood pressure.

 

These include diet, exercise, weight loss and stress relief.

 

Weight Loss

 

Weight loss, diet and exercise are the cornerstones of lifestyle management of hypertension.

 

The effect of weight loss on blood pressure is dose related, i.e. the more weight one loses, the greater the reduction in blood pressure.

 

Diet

 

In terms of diet, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet has been found to be very effective in reducing blood pressure.

 

In a nutshell, the DASH diet emphasises on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat. It is low on red meat, salt, added sugars and fat. In particular, no more than 1 teaspoon (2300mg) of sodium per day is recommended.

 

Exercise

 

Increased physical activity is also important, particularly to maintain weight loss, once achieved.

 

Exercise also has direct benefits on heart health, independent of reduction in blood pressure.  Aim for 250mins of moderate intensity exercise a week for weight loss and 150mins for maintenance.

 

Stress Relief

 

The stressful lifestyle that we lead also contributes to the rising incidence of hypertension.

 

Daily practice of stress-relieving techniques like deep breathing and muscle relaxation may help towards the reduction of blood pressure. Even measure like getting more sleep can help in reducing blood pressure.

 

 

 

‘Lifestyle Disease’

 

Hypertension can be considered to be a lifestyle disease for most people. Making changes to our lifestyle will undoubtedly lead to better blood pressure control for most people.

 

Please feel free to speak to us if you wish to know more regarding control of your blood pressure.

 

It’s Pinktober again!

 

 

What is Pinktober, or Pink October?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

 

 

 

FAQ on Breast Cancer:

 

Q: I have a lump in my breast. Is it breast cancer?

A: Breast lumps are common and not always associated with breast cancer. They can exist due to other underlying breast problems that you may not know about. More women have benign (non-cancerous) breast problems than cancer. The importance of screening for breast cancer or breast problems cannot be overstated.

 

Q: Can a healthy diet help to prevent breast cancer?

A: A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumour growth.

Q: Can breast cancer be detected early & what is the survival rate?

A: According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.

Q: How to do a breast self-exam (SE)?

A: Follow the steps below:

Q: How often should I do a breast self-exam (BSE)?
A: Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.

If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. Though 8 out of 10 lumps are benign, all require evaluation to confirm that they are not cancerous.

 

Feel free to ask our doctor for advice on Breast Self-Exam (BSE) or mammogram when you visit us!

 

 

 

Cervical Cancer

 

Another cancer that most often affects women includes cervical cancer.

 

Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early (when they are small, haven’t spread, and might be easier to treat) may help save your life

 

In Conjunction with #Pinktober, we would also like to raise awareness to Cervical Cancer which can also be prevented at early stage!

 

 

 

 

FAQ on Cervical Cancer:

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

A: There are usually no signs and symptoms in the early stages of cervical cancer.

 

Q: Who is at risk of cervical cancer?

A: All women who have ever had sexual activity before are at risk. The risk increases if you: -Have a condition that leaves you with a weak immune system (e.g. lupus). -Are Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive.

 

Q: How long does it take for cervical cancer to develop?

A:Cervical cancer is a slow-progressing condition. It usually takes up to 15 years to develop cervical cancer. This is why regular screening is important because it can be cured when detected early.

 

Q: I have no family history of cancer. Do i still need a Pap or HPV Test?

A: Yes. All women who have ever had sex sometime in their lives are at risk of cervical cancer.

 

Q: What are the treatments of early stage Cervical Cancer?

A: Treatments of early-stage cancer include: Cone biopsy (colonisation), Laser surgery, Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), Cryosurgery & Hysterectomy

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Pap Smear Test by Reaching Out to us +65 9728 2861

 

 

 

References:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-faqs

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