If kidney stones are giving you pain and are stuck in your urinary tract, you may need to have them removed with surgery. Sometimes, kidney stones pass on their own without treatment. But if yours get stuck, you can opt for a kidney stone removal procedure. An Integrated Shield Plan can also give you peace of mind by covering for your medical costs so you can focus on recovery. What are kidney stones? Kidney stones are hard, lumpy deposits of salt, calcium or other minerals. There are several possible causes, including: Dehydration Diet (eg. too much salt) Obesity Inflammatory bowel disease Type 2 [...]
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Fever in Babies: When Should You Be Worried? When it comes to a baby fever, the best thing you can do is be prepared. When your baby is unwell, a fever is often the first sign of trouble. Fever is usually a sign that the immune system is fighting an illness or infection. Typically, your baby’s normal body temperature should stay between 36.5°C and 37.5°C. Any reading above 38°C is considered a fever. A few things to note about fever in babies: Over-wrapping or a warm environment can cause the baby’s body temperature to be higher How high a fever [...]
The lower region of the abdomen is where your colon is located, and for women, your ovaries. Pain in this region may signal different types of health conditions arising from your intestines, urinary system or reproductive organs. If the pain is persistent and increases in intensity, it is a sign to see the doctor or go to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department at a nearby hospital. What could be causing pain in your lower abdominal region? Is it your colon? Your colon is also known as the large intestine. Some conditions that can occur in your colon: Diverticulitis If you experience [...]
What is appendicitis? Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a small tube-shaped organ attached to your colon. This causes pain that begins around the navel before it travels down to your lower right abdomen. Although anyone can develop appendicitis, it occurs most often in people between the ages of 10 and 30. Standard treatment is surgical removal of the appendix. Signs and symptoms of appendicitis may include: Dull pain near the navel Pain intensifies and moves to the lower right abdomen Pain is persistent and increases in intensity Loss of appetite Nausea or vomiting Fever Abdominal swelling Inability to [...]
The difference between food allergy and food intolerance can be identified based on your body’s response. Physical reactions to certain foods such as lactose are common, but most cases are caused by food intolerance rather than food allergy. Food intolerance can trigger some reactions similar to food allergy, so people often confuse the two. What is a food allergy? A food allergy occurs when a person’s immune system mistakes an ingredient in food as a harmful invader and creates a defence system (antibodies) to fight it. In some cases, an allergic food reaction can be life-threatening. The most common food [...]
What is diarrhoea? Diarrhoea is an abnormal increase in the frequency, volume and liquidity of the stools. It may be either acute or chronic, and each has different causes and treatment methods. If left untreated, diarrhoea can be life-threatening, especially for young children. Symptoms of diarrhoea include: Pain or cramping in the abdomen Urgent need to use the toilet Loose, watery stools Frequent bowel movement Nausea Bloating Fever Weight loss Vomiting (in some cases) How to prevent diarrhoea? To prevent the spread of infections that cause diarrhoea, you should always maintain good general hygiene. Hand washing is one of the [...]
Did you know that mammography is the most effective method of breast screening? Around the world, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and the disease is on the rise. In Singapore, the incidence of breast cancer has almost tripled over the last 4 decades. According to the Singapore Cancer Registry, more than 9,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2011 and 2015. That’s nearly 2,000 new cases each year. Early detection is key The good news is that early detection and treatment of breast cancer can significantly improve outcomes. When cancer is diagnosed early, more treatment options are [...]
Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnoea, can be a warning sign of an underlying health problem. Dyspnoea can happen as a result of overexertion, spending time at high altitude, or as a symptom of a range of conditions. The onset of dyspnoea should not be ignored and is reason to seek medical attention. Acute dyspnoea (sudden shortness of breath) If shortness of breath starts suddenly, it is called an acute case of acute dyspnoea. It typically indicates acute and severe conditions that may be life-threatening. Chronic dyspnoea (long-lasting shortness of breath) Chronic dyspnoea has been defined as shortness of [...]