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Can herpes and cold sores be transmitted through sexual intercourse?

HSV-1 is transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. This occurs when a contagious area comes into contact with: A tiny break in the skin Intact skin Mucous membrane tissue, primarily the mouth and genitals Infected individuals may not show any signs and symptoms. However, the virus can be tran...
1 Doctor Answer
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When is the best time to go for a HIV screening after sexual contact?

The best way to determine a HIV infection is to have a screening after the window period, which is between 1 to 3 months after an exposure. It is advisable to go for a HIV test at month 1, and to repeat the test at month 3 to obtain a conclusive result. Most people with HIV do not show any signs and...
1 Doctor Answer
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Are braces faster and better than Invisalign at correcting crooked teeth?

Dear W, Both braces and Invisalign are able to move and straighten teeth. However, the way in which braces and Invisalign move teeth are different. Some cases can be completed within a similar duration using either braces or Invisalign. Other cases, such as uprighting of impacted teeth, are more eff...
4 Doctor Answers
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How long does it take for swollen gums to recover after removing braces?

Hi, gum swelling DURING braces is unfortunately quite common. We see this inflammatory gum reaction (gingivitis) in patients who collect a lot of plaque around their teeth and braces during treatment. In severe cases with poor oral hygiene, the gum may even overgrow and start creeping up the tooth o...
2 Doctor Answers
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What should I do next for a neck sprain?

Dear MC , I’m sorry to hear about your injury. It is good that you do not have any neurological symptoms. The most common cause of neck and back ache in an otherwise healthy young individual is a muscle strain. However, with the background of a traumatic incident, the first thing I would recommend w...
1 Doctor Answer
CONSULT DOCTOR

Are there any effective burn scar treatments?

Hi Syi,
To answer that question, one would first need to determine the type of scars you've attained from the burn.
These can include mild forms including change in pigmentation of the skin (hyper or hypo-pigmentation); actual scars like hypertrophic/hypotrophic scars or keloids; and even resultant ...
1 Doctor Answer
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What's the next step if I suspect that my acne, irregular periods and weight gain is due to hormones?

Hi Anon, Your guess seems right on track, and based on your symptoms you might want to be evaluated for possible polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). You might want to start with your general practitioner who will be able to arrange for a physical exam, some basic and diagnostic blood tests, as well as...
2 Doctor Answers
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What can I expect during gum contouring in Singapore?

Hi Joshua! Happy Chinese New Year Greetings to you! Thank you for your question regarding gum contouring. Gum contouring, as previously described by Dr Kenneth, Dr Kelvin and Dr Gerald are usually carried out for aesthetic purposes, or for restorative purposes. There is often an ideal golden proport...
4 Doctor Answers
CONSULT DOCTOR

Could my sudden pus-filled pimple outbreaks be due to hormonal or bacterial causes?

Dear XY, Thank you for the question. It must be frustrating to have recurrent acne. While acne usually gets better as you grow older, some people do get persistent acne even in adulthood. Hormonal factors can certainly contribute to it and given your history of long peroid delays, it may be somethin...
1 Doctor Answer
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Is PRP injection available for hair loss in Singapore? (photo)

Dear hairlossyouth, I totally agree with Dr Chua that PRP has very little evidence published in the medical literature suggesting its indication for hair loss. Furthermore, it’s banned in SG for aesthetic purposes. You should visit aesthetic doctors or dermatologists highly interested in treating ha...
2 Doctor Answers
CONSULT DOCTOR

Can herpes and cold sores be transmitted through sexual intercourse?

HSV-1 is transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. This occurs when a contagious area comes into contact with: A tiny break in the skin Intact skin Mucous membrane tissue, primarily the mouth and genitals Infected individuals may not show any signs and symptoms. However, the virus can be tran...
1 Doctor Answer
CONSULT DOCTOR

When is the best time to go for a HIV screening after sexual contact?

The best way to determine a HIV infection is to have a screening after the window period, which is between 1 to 3 months after an exposure. It is advisable to go for a HIV test at month 1, and to repeat the test at month 3 to obtain a conclusive result. Most people with HIV do not show any signs and...
1 Doctor Answer
CONSULT DOCTOR

Are braces faster and better than Invisalign at correcting crooked teeth?

Dear W, Both braces and Invisalign are able to move and straighten teeth. However, the way in which braces and Invisalign move teeth are different. Some cases can be completed within a similar duration using either braces or Invisalign. Other cases, such as uprighting of impacted teeth, are more eff...
4 Doctor Answers
CONSULT DOCTOR

How long does it take for swollen gums to recover after removing braces?

Hi, gum swelling DURING braces is unfortunately quite common. We see this inflammatory gum reaction (gingivitis) in patients who collect a lot of plaque around their teeth and braces during treatment. In severe cases with poor oral hygiene, the gum may even overgrow and start creeping up the tooth o...
2 Doctor Answers
CONSULT DOCTOR

What should I do next for a neck sprain?

Dear MC , I’m sorry to hear about your injury. It is good that you do not have any neurological symptoms. The most common cause of neck and back ache in an otherwise healthy young individual is a muscle strain. However, with the background of a traumatic incident, the first thing I would recommend w...
1 Doctor Answer
CONSULT DOCTOR

Are there any effective burn scar treatments?

Hi Syi,
To answer that question, one would first need to determine the type of scars you've attained from the burn.
These can include mild forms including change in pigmentation of the skin (hyper or hypo-pigmentation); actual scars like hypertrophic/hypotrophic scars or keloids; and even resultant ...
1 Doctor Answer
CONSULT DOCTOR

What's the next step if I suspect that my acne, irregular periods and weight gain is due to hormones?

Hi Anon, Your guess seems right on track, and based on your symptoms you might want to be evaluated for possible polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). You might want to start with your general practitioner who will be able to arrange for a physical exam, some basic and diagnostic blood tests, as well as...
2 Doctor Answers
CONSULT DOCTOR

What can I expect during gum contouring in Singapore?

Hi Joshua! Happy Chinese New Year Greetings to you! Thank you for your question regarding gum contouring. Gum contouring, as previously described by Dr Kenneth, Dr Kelvin and Dr Gerald are usually carried out for aesthetic purposes, or for restorative purposes. There is often an ideal golden proport...
4 Doctor Answers
CONSULT DOCTOR

Could my sudden pus-filled pimple outbreaks be due to hormonal or bacterial causes?

Dear XY, Thank you for the question. It must be frustrating to have recurrent acne. While acne usually gets better as you grow older, some people do get persistent acne even in adulthood. Hormonal factors can certainly contribute to it and given your history of long peroid delays, it may be somethin...
1 Doctor Answer
CONSULT DOCTOR

Is PRP injection available for hair loss in Singapore? (photo)

Dear hairlossyouth, I totally agree with Dr Chua that PRP has very little evidence published in the medical literature suggesting its indication for hair loss. Furthermore, it’s banned in SG for aesthetic purposes. You should visit aesthetic doctors or dermatologists highly interested in treating ha...
2 Doctor Answers
CONSULT DOCTOR
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