Dengue Fever Symptoms & What Most People Don’t Know In Singapore

dengue fever singapore

Recently there is a huge spike in dengue cases in Singapore and in fact, just the first 5 months into 2022, the dengue cases this year are already more than last year!

Unfortunately, my wife also came down with dengue recently and it was during this period that I realized how serious is dengue fever!

My wife first started with fever and muscle aches on the first day. We didn’t suspect it was dengue because there were no rashes (in fact, the rashes only start to appear after the fever subsides on the 5th day).

We also noticed that dengue fever is very persistent in the first 5 days. The fever will keep coming back after the paracetamol (fever medicine, commonly known as Panadol to most people) effect wears off. So this is a sign to look out for.

During the first 5 days, my wife also experienced poor appetite, and abdominal pain (she can’t sleep on her side because of the abdominal pain).

She also felt her eye area painful. Her joint and body ache is also very disturbed and these symptoms also affect her sleeping quality.

dengue rashes

From the 6th day, her fever has subsided but rashes start to form on the body. It gets itchier from day 6 but it is more bearable (according to her) compared to the feverish symptoms in the earlier days.

However, according to the polyclinic doctors, it is after the 5th day that things can get more serious! This is something we were caught off guard for!

Apparently, the dengue virus will decrease the platelet count in the blood and if the platelet falls too low, internal bleeding may occur and it will require emergency medical attention if it happens!

Dengue patients (with low platelet count in the blood) may experience bleeding in some areas such as during brushing teeth, passing motion, and even washing face. You should seek medical attention when this happens!

Personally, I would suggest anyone to visit your nearby clinic if you suspect you have dengue fever based on the above symptoms. It is important to take a blood test from the 5th day to make sure your platelet count and other blood measurement are not too low.

My wife diligently went for blood test for four times before the doctor cleared her after the platelet count increased to the normal level. That was on the 10th day after she experienced the fever.

As you may already know, there is no medicine for dengue fever, even the doctors in polyclinic can only prescribe you paracetamol and anti-itch medicine and the rest depends on your body to fight the virus.

Based on our experience, there are some things that will help during this period:

  1. Dried orange peel – It helps to calm the stomach and improve the appetite. 
  2. Vitamin C – We believe it helps to increase platelet count. It can also help to relieve some stress during this period.
  3. Milo – This is a comfort drink and also provides some basic nutrients for the body.
  4. Water – lots of it to keep your body hydrated. If you can’t drink a lot at a time, then make sure you take small sips throughout the day. It is very important to keep your body hydrated during the dengue fever period!

My wife and I hope that this blog post will help someone out there who is experiencing dengue fever or don’t know if they are infected with dengue or not.

Take care and stay safe!

How to cure acne naturally (food / diet to eat and NOT to eat )

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Recently, I see more people are troubled by acne and face inflammation issues during this covid period so I decided to share my personal experiences in this blog post hoping it will also benefit you if you are troubled by acne.

I used to have acne problem even when I was in my 20+ when I was working after my graduation.

My acne that time got so bad that I decided to seek for medical attention. 

antibiotics for acneThe medical doctor prescribes anti-biotics for my condition and I was amazed by the results that the anti-biotics really works for me at that time.

After consuming anti-biotics for a while, I found that actually anti-biotics is not good for our health in long term because it will affect our immune system.. 

Furthermore, whenever I stopped the anti-biotics, it seems that my acne problem got worsen.. so I have no choice at that time but to keep taking anti-biotics.

I reached a point where I am sick of taking anti-biotics because I can’t imagine taking it for life and end up with a worsen acne situation if I were to stop someday!

Thus, I went onto a journey to learn what can I do to cure my acne. I read lots of books about skin and diet.

Eventually I got to find out about this term ‘integrative medicine’ and Dr Andrew Weil. From there, I learn a lot about holistic healing and started to look at what are the areas in my lifestyle that causes my acne back then.

It was enlightening that I found out that it was the dairy products (milk and cheese) and the spicy stuff that I was eating that is causing my acne!

If there is one thing that you can take away from this post, I hope let this be the point – to cure any acne problem, there must be a source causing it, and most of the time, it is the food that you are eating!

Avoid eating these foods:

I highly suggest to avoid eating the following foods if you are having acne or face redness inflammation  all the time:

  1. Dairy products like milk, cheese (this is the cause for me!) 
  2. Beverage that contains milk (you will be surprised that there are lots of them!).
  3. Biscuits that contains milk (check the biscuits ingredients too, there are lots of them around).
  4. Oil fried foods.
  5. Spicy foods (If you can’t avoid them, then reduce the times you are eat them).

Just by reducing the above food products, you will sure notice improvements to your skin and acne starts to fade away after a few weeks.

Now, you may have these main concerns:

Now, you may think that if you stop drinking milk and taking dairy products, then where does your source of protein and calcium comes from, right? 

soy milk for acneThe answer is start to take soya bean drink (also known as soy milk), nowadays, there are a lot of choices of soya bean drink in the market. You can even buy those powdered types which are organic too!

Soya bean is a good source of protein and also helps to improve immune system, so it is a good replacement for milk.

As for calcium,  some soya bean drink comes with enriched calcium too.

Besides soya bean drink, you can eat black sesame seeds spread with bread. In traditional chinese medicine, black sesame seeds contains good source of calcium.

yogurt to replace milkSpecial note: Yoghurt is also high in protein and calcium but some people will still develop acne after eating yoghurt. But I think it is the type of yoghurt you choose. Once your acne has became better with the above tips,  you can try taking yoghurt and see if it will cause acne again on you.

Some tips about face washing:

When it comes to face washing, pay no or little attention to TV commercials because most commercial face washing products are too harsh for acne prone face. You will realise that the more you use it, the more irritated your face will be.. 

For acne prone face, you should use gentle cleaning agents. One of the best face cleaning product that is both gentle and affordable is the African black soap, it is recommended to me and I have been using it for many years already! It contains shea butter and aloe vera. You can check out the details here.

One last thing that I would like you to know is about sleeping habits.

Turn in earlier

sleep before 11pm to help cure acneIf you are a teenager or young adult, you will not be happy to hear this – yes, sleeping earlier can help to improve your acne condition.

Ideally, you want to sleep before 11pm because that is when your body starts to detox and help to make your skin looks good.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, sleeping late will cause your body inner heat to rise and hurt your liver too.

So if you really care about your body and skin, start to think about sleeping earlier.

Final note

Acne is triggered because we have done something wrong in our lifestyle and mostly it is due to the food we eat.

You do not need to spend a lot of money seeking treatment. Just look very closely at your lifestyle (starting from eating, sleeping habits) and slowly making adjustments.

I am sure you will be able to cure your acne problem after adjusting your eating and sleeping habits.

It will definitely take some time, but never give up because our body has also been damaged for quite some time due to wrong diet and habits – thus, it will take some time too to help your body recovers.

Best wishes to your health and may you have the wisdom to identify the cause of acne.

TCM Food / Dessert for Constipation

tcm food dessert for constipation
tcm food for constipation

In this post, I will share a very simple-to-prepare dessert that everyone can try at home to relief constipation.

That is – Papaya Aloe Vera dessert.

Both aloe vera and papaya have the effects of increasing bowel movement. In fact, aloe Vera is classified as 泻下药 in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

Both papaya and aloe vera can also help to improve liver functions. Papaya helps in liver detox while aloe helps in decreasing heatiness in liver.

This dessert is suitable for people who has constipation or heatiness in liver (symptoms such as redness in the eye or feeling giddiness).

If your stomach can’t take cold stuff (always have diarrhea after taking cold stuff) , then you can add some longan (龙眼) in this dessert.

I have been using Del Monte Aloe Vera and I find that their aloe vera has good effects. You can purchase this brand of aloe vera in the local supermarkets (I bought mine in AMK NTUC).

tcm dessert for constipation

I hope these information helps someone out there!

The Truth About Food Ingredients Review

We live in a day and age where more and more people are obese, unhealthy and sickly. Most of these ills are the result of a poor diet that is high in processed food, junk food, additives, preservatives, genetically modified food, etc.

There has been more change in our diet over the last 50 years than over the past century. The reason for this is that big companies are all out to get the dollar and can’t give 2 hoots about the health of their consumers.

Studies have shown that the majority of food items sold in supermarkets contain toxic ingredients. This is highly disturbing and that’s putting it mildly.

Thankfully, bestselling author, Anthony Alayon, has discovered the dark side of the food industry and written a book on exactly what foods are toxic, what foods you should avoid like the plague and reveals the truth about all the most common foods we consume.

It’s definitely about time someone spoke the truth.the truth about food ingredients review

 

The Good Points about this report and software:

1) This report is extremely detailed and nothing is swept under the carpet. It’s very refreshing to see a book that is so brutally honest it actually shocks and scares. We should be scared after seeing how much toxic stuff we are consuming daily. Being aware is half the battle won.

2) There are many testimonials on the official website that lend credibility to this report. There is also a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. Since there is zero risk, this is definite worth trying out.

3) Not only are you told what to avoid, you’re also given alternatives and helpful suggestions regarding diet choices and decisions. So, it’s not just about highlighting the problem but you’re also taught how to overcome them. All you need to do is follow.

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5) The information is mind-blowing and this is a very unique report. The attention to detail is unparalleled and that makes this a guide that you can trust.

 

The Not-So-Good Points:

1) The info is so harsh that it can create phobias in people. Definitely the hard truth here. This may make some people just ignore everything and prefer to bury their head in the sand and act like it’s all hype.

2) This is only available online. You’ll need a computer and internet connection to download it

3) This is a highly informative product. You will have to spend time reading it, taking notes, etc. It’s not bedtime reading material. If you are willing to put in the effort and read it carefully, you will benefit from it.

Should You Get It?

Definitely. You can’t afford not to get it. Moreover, this product only costs US$17 now.

No amount of exercise, calorie counting, etc. will help if you are eating toxic foods. You can only know what these foods are if you get the guide. This crucial information is not easily available and is drowned out by false info that abounds in the media and online. This is intentional.

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