Most of us would have known by now that a deadly viral disease called MERS have affected the South Korea recently. Since it has been on the news daily, there is no doubt that it has created fear and anxiety among us, especially for those who have to travel frequently. We have been getting a number of enquiries about this disease. Some asked if we have a vaccine against this virus. Some wanted to know if it is safe to travel to South Korea’s neighbouring countries. Some asked if they had been infected with the virus after coming back from...

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Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is very common. In fact, most of you know someone who constantly has sweaty palms or armpits, or whose face is drenched in sweat after a short walk to Starbucks nearby to get a coffee regardless of the weather. Excessive sweating usually happens in palms, armpits, soles and face. It can be distressing and can have serious impact on your life. Some avoid social contact with others because of the embarrassment. Some constantly appear anxious during important meetings because of sweaty forehead. There are...

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Vaginal lumps and bumps

Vaginal lumps and bumps At some point, some women may develop lumps, or bumps in the vaginal area. This is a common cause for concern. Most of the time, these lumps or bumps can be nothing to benign cysts, or they could be signs for infection, malignancy or sexually transmitted disease. Harmless Bumps: Harmless bumps in genital region include cysts, molluscum, vestibular papillomatosis (VP) and Fordyce spots. Cysts Ever felt a round lump that feels like a small pebble just under the skin over the vulva? This is usually a cyst. Cysts are...

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Skin Surgery

Skin surgery is commonly done either for diagnosis or removal of a skin lesion. It is done under local anaesthesia, meaning procedure is mostly painless. These include skin biopsy, electrosurgery, excision and cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen). 1) Skin Biopsy A skin biopsy is an easy and quick procedure done to remove a piece of skin. It is then sent to the laboratory for further identification under microscope so a diagnosis can be made.  Why do I need a skin biopsy? Skin biopsy is usually done for diagnosis of your skin condition. A lot of...

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Prostate Enlargement / Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy/hyperplasia (BPH)

What does the prostate do? The main function of the prostate is to secrete an alkali fluid that makes up a large proportion of semen. This alkalinity aims to combat normal acidity within the vagina so as to protect sperm and allow fertilisation. What is it? BPH is enlargement of the prostate gland which invariably will happen to all men by a certain age. 50% of men will demonstrate signs and symptoms of BPH by age 60 and jumps to 95% by age 85. It is not associated with cancer, which itself is a completely separate topic. Since the urethra...

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