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COVID-19 has dominated the healthcare landscape for the past 7-8 months.

 

Amongst all the attention given to COVID-19, another viral related illness, namely Dengue fever, has silently made resurgence.

 

 

 

 

 

Singapore is Facing its Largest Dengue Outbreak

 

Singapore is potentially facing its largest dengue outbreak ever.

 

 

 

Singapore has recorded more than 26,000 dengue cases this year, surpassing the previous annual record of around 22,000 in 2013 with three months still remaining.

 

Currently, the cumulative number of cases for 2020 (First 37 E-weeks) is 28943.

 

Fortunately, dengue fever in most people is a relatively benign disease.

 

 

 

What Should I Do If I’m Diagnosed with Dengue?

 

 

Below are some self-care measures one can take when diagnosed with dengue.

 

  1. Rest as much as possible and drink plenty of fluids.
  2. Take Paracetamol to control fever and relieve pain.
  3. Avoid drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
  4. Take extra precautions to avoid injuries as any injuries may result in bleeding that is worse than normal.
  5. Ensure that you follow up with your doctor for regular blood tests until your platelets, cells that are responsible for blood clotting, normalize.
  6. It is normal to have fatigue, body aches and fever whilst recovering from dengue. However, if you start to have vomiting, stomach pain, giddiness, bleeding from nose or gums, vomiting blood, or blood in your stool, visit a doctor as soon as possible. Those are symptoms and signs of possible severe dengue and you need to be seen by a medical professional urgently.

 

 

 

Symptoms of Dengue

Unfortunately, dengue fever can present in the same way as many other viral infections such as:

 

More specific signs such as bleeding gums and blood in the urine often do not occur. Hence, a high index of suspicion is needed.

 

If you think you have dengue, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

 

Diagnosis is made via a simple blood test. Early diagnosis and close monitoring are key management steps in dengue fever for good outcomes.

 

 

 

Read more: Dengue Prevention, Symptoms, and Tests

Experts Warn of a Possible ‘Twindemic’— Here’s What That Means

 

 

“Twindemic” is a new term that refers to the possibility of a severe flu season coinciding with a surge in COVID-19 cases. It is worrying especially with an expected “second wave” of COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter.

 

Even a mild flu season is concerning and puts a strain on the healthcare system.

 

“We don’t need an epidemic in the midst of a pandemic, producing a twindemic,”

 

 

Can Flu Shots Avoid Twindemic?

 

 

Experts stress the importance of getting your flu shot:

 

“People should definitely get the flu vaccine because the last thing they need is to get COVID-19 and the flu,”

 

“It’s one of the viruses we can do something about.”

 

On top of that, the symptoms for flu and COVID-19 will be challenging for doctors to distinguish one from the other.

 

 

 

Flu Can Make Patients More Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19

 

 

If you catch the flu, your immune system goes down, and the chance of getting COVID-19 goes way up.

 

Flu can make patients more vulnerable to severe COVID-19. Coming down with both viruses at once could be disastrous.

 

 

 

So Get Flu Vaccination As Early As You Can!

 

 

 

Contact our clinics below for flu shot at $36:

Orchard: 6734 5260
Bukit Panjang: 6892 6681
Bidadari: 6970 7933

 

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the way we’re using products in our beauty routine.

 

Considering extensive hand washing has become our daily routine, skin dryness and irritation is a serious concern for many people.

 

Daily mask-wearing has triggered acne and skin irritation.

 

 

 

Safer, cleaner skincare regime this Covid-19 pandemic

Consumers are becoming more particular about what products they put on their skin.

 

More people are searching for moisturisers that soften skin, soothes irritation, and made from safe ingredients that don’t produce further damage.

 

 

 

Eyes Makeup is Trending

Beauty trends are shifting.

 

According to reports, the sales for makeup products have been declining, and it will be a “total beauty reset”.

 

Lipstick and foundation sales have dropped but there’s a surge in sales in eye makeup products.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Beauty Routine This Covid-19 Pandemic

  1. CLEANSE.
    Clean your face using a pH-balanced, non-drying skin cleanser.
  2. TONE.
    Use a toner to balance your skin’s pH value.
  3. MOISTURISE.
    Protect the moisture barrier. Apply light-weight moisturiser and avoid using rich face cream.
  4. REPAIR & PROTECT.
    Cover any open wounds or cracks in the skin. Apply steroid creams on eczema-affected areas.
    Wear oil-free sunblock (even when you’re working from home)
  5. AVOID.
    Try to avoid wearing makeup. If you have to apply makeup, choose non-comedogenic cosmetic.
  6. TREAT.
    If you’re suffering from skin irritation, it’s best to visit a doctor to get the problem treated before it gets worse.

 

 

Skincare

Healthsprings skincare range is safe for acne-prone, and irritated skin. Get yours now via Shopee!

 

 

Contact us if you have any skin or health-related concerns!

Many people find that their rashes and skin allergies tend to recur after treatment. This may be due to a few common mistakes.

 

  1. Stopping Skin Allergy Medication After a Few Days

 

Antihistamine tablets are one of the mainstays of treatment for hives (also known as urticaria) and other skin allergies.

 

They work by reducing the release of a chemical called histamine which causes the itch.

 

 

Many people tend to stop the medication after there is some improvement in the rash. This causes a recurrence in the rash, as there is often a second release of histamines by the body even a few days after the initial allergic reaction.

 

Doctor’s Recommendation:

Antihistamines should be taken daily for at least a week, even if the rashes or allergies have resolved.

In particular, for hives, antihistamines are most effective when taken regularly to prevent the onset of hives, rather than only taking them when the hives appear. In some cases, antihistamines may even be required for weeks or months.

 

  1. Not Using Moisturiser

 

You probably have heard from your doctor that it is important to use a moisturiser on your body daily, but think “Does it really make a difference? Isn’t medication enough?”

 

Dry skin can cause exacerbations or recurrence of skin allergies. This is due to a weak skin barrier which usually protects the skin by keeping out irritants. Using a moisturiser protects damaged and sensitive skin. When skin is well moisturised, the skin barrier is restored, and potential irritants such as soaps, chemicals, dust, sweat, or clothing fibres are less likely to cause sensitivity.

 

Doctor’s Recommendation:

It is best to use moisturisers right after showers or baths, and more often if the skin feels dry or itchy.

Read More: How to Avoid Dry Skin After Frequent Washing

 

 

  1. Use of Harsh Soaps like Dettol

 

Antibacterial soaps such as Dettol and Lifebuoy tend to remove the natural oils from the surface of the skin, causing dry skin and affecting the skin barrier. The strong chemicals also cause irritation and sensitivity.

 

Doctor’s Recommendation:

Use a mild, non-fragranced, non-soap skin cleanser if you have skin allergies.

 

It is also advisable to take short showers with warm water, instead of long hot showers, as prolonged exposure to hot temperature also dries out the skin. Don’t forget to moisturise after the shower!

 

 

     4. Use of Harsh Soaps like Dettol Overuse of Steroid Creams


 

While moisturisers are often ignored as part of the daily treatment of skin allergies, steroid creams, on the other hand, tend to be overused.

 

 

Doctor’s Recommendation:

Steroid creams are potent medication and are to be used only as a thin layer on rashes and ideally not used longer than a week at a time. The steroid cream should also not be used on normal skin.

 

When overuse, steroid creams may actually thin the skin and cause pigmentation changes. There may also be a rebound of the allergy or rash after stopping the steroid cream if it is used for extended periods. The steroid may also get absorbed and cause systemic bodily side effects – even in unrelated organs – if used in large amounts.

 

Read More: Are Topical Steroids Safe?

 

 

 

Find a Cure for your Skin Allergy

 

Have you been suffering from skin allergies? Make an appointment with our doctors for a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan.

 

Online consultation for skin & aesthetic is available too! Simply contact +65 9728 2861!

 

 

 

Your hair is usually the first thing people notice first about you.

 

 

It’s often described as one’s crowning glory.

 

 

Hair Loss & Ageing of Hair

Just like other parts of our body, our hair and scalp will go through ageing and face its own set of problems too.

 

 

Some people start losing their hair as early as late teens and early 20s.

 

 

6 Types of Hair Loss and Scalp Problems

Common hair and scalp problems include the following:

 

 

 

 

1) Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Hair loss (alopecia) is a frequent concern for both men and women.

 

For males, it commons affects the crown and frontal hairline. For females, it usually affects the crown and frontal scalp.

 

 

Androgenic alopecia in itself is not a medical condition and is due to a combination of genetics, ageing and hormones.

 

 

Treatment for Hair Loss in Singapore

 


Fotona laser scalp treatment is a clinically proven treatment which combines different wavelength to reach the deepest layers of the scalp and hair follicles.

 

It helps to activate the natural healing process and restores natural hair growth.

 

Other treatment options include:

 

 

 

2) Bald Patches

Bald patches can be due to a variety of causes. The two most common causes would be alopecia areata and scalp ringworm.

 

 

Alopecia areata usually leads to a few bald spots.

 

It is believed to be due to the body’s own immune system attacking the hair follicles and family history is an important risk factor.

 

 

 

3) Scalp Ringworm

Scalp ringworm or tinea capitis is a fungal infection of the scalp.

 

Tinea capitis appears as one or more oval areas covered with grey scales, often associated with itch and hair loss.

 

 

 

The patches may be red, inflamed and dotted with pus-filled vesicles (pustules).  Tiny black dots, representing broken hairs, may also be seen on the patches.

 

 

 

4) Itchy Scalp

 

Scalp pruritus, known as itchy scalp, is a common condition. There is a wide range of causes.

 

 

5) Dandruff

 

Dandruff, also called seborrheic dermatitis is undoubtedly the most common cause. It leads to an itchy and flaky scalp with areas of redness.

 

The problem tends to begin in late adolescence but is most common in young adults and the elderly. It is more common in males than in females.

 

Dandruff may be worse with stress and infrequent shampooing. Fortunately, it is not contagious.

 

 

 

6) Head Lice

 

Head lice outbreaks is not common in Singapore but can occur among school-going children.

 

It is highly contagious and the most prominent symptoms are intense scalp itching.

 

Head louse is an infestation by the human head louse. The female louse lays eggs (nits) on the hair shaft close to the scalp and those nits hatch about 8-10 days later.

 

Hence, moving lice or non-moving nits may be seen on the scalp and hair. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect you have head lice as it is highly contagious.

 

 

 

Hair & Scalp Treatment in Singapore 

Overwhelmed by the range of conditions that can affect your hair and scalp? Fortunately, treatments are available for all the above-mentioned conditions.

 

 

 

If you are troubled by a hair issue, make an appointment with us. We would be able to diagnose your hair condition and recommend treatments.

 

 

 

 

Book Hair Growth Treatment Now (Without Surgery or Needles)

 

 

 

 

 

For more info, contact +65 9728 2861

 

 

 

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Healthsprings Laser & Aesthetic Clinic

  • 541 Orchard Road #11-01, Liat Towers Singapore 238881

  • 9728 2861

  • 6836 8386

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
    Sun/Public holiday: Close

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  • 541 Orchard Road #10-02, Liat Towers Singapore 238881

  • 9728 7793

  • 6734 5260

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
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  • 9088 8775

  • 6262 3660

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm.
    Sun/Public holiday: Close

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Healthsprings Medical Clinic

  • 524A, Greenridge Shopping Centre, #02-01, Jelapang Road, Singapore 671524

  • 8799 8936

  • 6892 6681

  • Monday to Wednesday:  8am to 4pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Thursday: 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Friday:  8am to 3pm
    Saturday:  8.30am to 1 pm
    Sun/Public holiday:  Close

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Aesthetics @ Healthsprings

  • 524A, Greenridge Shopping Centre, #02-02, Jelapang Road, Singapore 671524

  • 8799 8936

  • 6892 0789

  • Monday to Wednesday: 8am to 4pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Thursday: 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm
    Friday:  8am to 3pm
    Saturday:  8.30am to 1 pm
    Sun/Public holiday:  Close

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Vista Healthsprings Medical & Laser Clinic

  • 5 Sengkang Square, #02-01, Sengkang MRT Station Singapore 545062

  • 8616 6166

  • 6288 6696

  • Monday to Wednesday:  8am to 4pm, 6pm to 9.30pm

    Thursday: 8am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm

    Friday:  8am to 3pm

    Saturday:  8.30am to 1pm

    Sun/Public holiday:  Close

Healthsprings was established in 2000 with its first medical clinic located at Bukit Panjang. In 2001, the company ventured into the medical aesthetic field and has become one of the first Singapore-based clinics to offer Lasers, Peels, Fillers, Botulinum Injections and other aesthetic services. In 2008, Healthsprings Laser and Aesthetic is opened in Orchard Road and has been known to specialise in different aesthetic procedures for the skin, face, body, and hair.

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