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How to treat sleep apnea without CPAP or surgery?

Dear A, I have a few patients who are caught in a similar situation like yours where they are either unfit for surgery or just can’t tolerate wearing a CPAP mask. When you say that your mum can’t tolerate wearing a CPAP mask, I hope she has had the experience of al...
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How does TMJ affect the balance system and cause dizziness?

Dear Mohamad, Thanks for asking me such an intriguing question! One of the lesser known symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) is dizziness as your TMJ or jaw joint sits very close to the structures of the middle and inner ear. Your TMJ is supplied by a rich ne...
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How are sinus headaches differentiated from other headaches?

Dear Nurul, Headaches can be pretty painful and can really affect your husband’s quality of life! Before we assume though that sinus problems are causing his headaches, we would usually take a detailed history to find out the location and pattern of the headaches as well...
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What is the link between nasal polyps and sinus issues?

Dear JM, I'm sorry to hear that you have been suffering from sinus issues your whole life! I am pretty sure that your nasal polyps are part of the underlying cause of your sinus problems as this link is well-documented. Nasal polyps are usually benign inflammatory growths wh...
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Is it possible to recover from hearing loss that happened many years ago?

Dear Jennifer, It is understandably very tiring for your mom, not to hear well and also to be stressed by tinnitus. Hearing loss and tinnitus makes it hard for someone to participate in social situations and conversations, and is very tiring and reduces one's mental cognition, me...
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How is vertigo diagnosed and treated in Singapore?

Dear Sherry, I hope you are well now - giddiness can be very debilitating and dramatically affects one's daily functioning due to their unpredictability. If your giddiness had been a sensation of the room spinning, that would be vertigo. If the giddiness worsened with chang...
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What is this wart like swelling in my throat? (photo)

Dear Fatma, From the picture provided, the growth or swelling on your right tonsil seems benign (non cancerous). Likely differential diagnosis include papilloma (wart), cyst (collection of mucous), fibroma (scar tissue) or polyp (benign growth from the lining of the tonsil). ...
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What should I do next if I still have green phlegm and cough after completing my course of antibiotics?

Dear Cherie, If you have a sinus infection and bronchitis that has not gone away with antibiotics, you can see an ENT Specialist for an assessment and likely a nasoendoscopy (scope through the nose done in the clinic under local anaesthesia). If there is still infected mucous (mu...
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Can the flu cause ear pain and a toothache?

Dear JT, Yes, indeed, your ear pain and toothache may be related to your flu. As Dr Jaclyn, my dental colleague, has rightly described in her answer, this may be due to referred pain where the same group of nerves is supplying surrounding structures because the flu "bug" is cau...
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How do doctors decide when to remove nasal polyps, and how much does it cost?

Dear JM, Thank you for your enquiry. Nasal polyps are usually benign inflammatory growths from the lining of the nasal cavity and sinuses. The cause is largely unknown although chronic sinus infection, allergies, disorder of the immune system and genetic factors have been im...
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What is the best treatment for allergic rhinitis, and how much does allergic rhinitis treatment cost in Singapore?

Dear Edward, Many patients with allergic rhinitis have lived with it for so many years they think it is something they have to accept. That need not be so, and treatment can really improve your daily quality of life and sleep. Managing allergic rhinitis reduces snoring, mouth ...
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What is the normal progression of an ear infection, and when should I seek help?

Dear Natasha, Oh dear, I know exactly how awful it must be to have to suffer ear pain from an eardrum infection because I have experienced it myself before! Eardrum infections commonly result from having had a bad cold or flu as the same "bug" that caused the flu, tracks up the pressure tubes (Eus...
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Could prolonged hoarseness be a sign of throat cancer?

Dear Lee Yien, I think that your dad should most definitely have his hoarse voice checked out to make sure it isn’t due to a more worrying cause like cancer. I always advise anyone who has had a persistent hoarse voice for longer than 2 weeks to undergo a thorough checku...
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How can I prevent frequent sinus infections?

Dear Cherie, We see so many patients at our clinic with the same set of symptoms just like yours! They typically suffer from: a blocked and runny nose yellowish nasal discharge headaches and facial pain, and can be rather unwell with fever too If you come dow...
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ASK DR LYNNE LIM: SLEEP APNEA

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Do you have problems sleeping through the night? Loud snoring, constantly feeling tired, waking up with a dry mouth; if these symptoms sound familiar to you, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder where a person's breathing is constantly interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. 

Join Dr Lynne Lim , an experienced ENT specialist as she hosts a QnA session where she answers everything you want to know about sleep apnea. 

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Should I be concerned if my 4 year old has a dry cough and frequent nosebleeds?

Dear Miss Loo, I see many children who have the same symptoms as your 4 year old! In 90 per cent of the cases, there is an allergic reaction to something in the air that your child is breathing in all night long and in the house. He thus is likely to sneeze, have some nose b...
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When do I need to seek medical attention for acid reflux?

Hello Janice, Acid reflux happens to many people and not all reflux episodes require attention. Most people seek medical help only when the condition does not resolve over a period of time. If there are other symptoms you encounter besides the sour taste, (eg. pain that comes at night or black sto...
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ASK DR GAN ENG CERN: CHRONIC COUGHS AND COLDS

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Suffering from persistent coughs or frequent colds? Get advice on how to get rid of them from Dr Gan Eng Cern, an ENT Specialist with subspecialty in nose and sinuses.

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How much does it cost to see an ENT in Singapore, and can I use Medisave?

It generally costs more to see an ENT Specialist in the private hospital compared to that in the public hospital. The table below provides only an estimate of the range of fees charged. Consultation: Public Hospitals Private Hospitals/Clinics ...
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What are the next steps that I should take for a persistent cough of 6 weeks after bronchitis?

Hi Speranza, It can be quite common for a cough to persist for a while, after recovering from bronchitis. As for the next steps to take, you may want to check out these 2 similar questions that were previously answered by our colleagues here: How do I get rid of a persis...
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ASK DR LYNNE LIM: SLEEP APNEA

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Do you have problems sleeping through the night? Loud snoring, constantly feeling tired, waking up with a dry mouth; if these symptoms sound familiar to you, you might be suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder where a person's breathing is constantly interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. 

Join Dr Lynne Lim , an experienced ENT specialist as she hosts a QnA session where she answers everything you want to know about sleep apnea. 

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ASK DR GAN ENG CERN: CHRONIC COUGHS AND COLDS

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Suffering from persistent coughs or frequent colds? Get advice on how to get rid of them from Dr Gan Eng Cern, an ENT Specialist with subspecialty in nose and sinuses.

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THIS IS WHAT REALLY CAUSES YOUR SORE THROAT WHEN YOU EAT TOO MUCH "HEATY FOOD"

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Ever ended up with a sore throat after binging on deep fried food, chocolates or durian? You probably attributed this to eating too much “heaty” food.

However, there's actually a medical reason behind this. All these "heaty foods" cause acid reflux, which exacerbate a very common condition I see amongst Singaporeans known as Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR).

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SEEING AN ENT SPECIALIST IN SINGAPORE (2018)

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Friends, families and even fellow doctors often ask how they should go about seeing an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist in Singapore.

Many are not even aware that ENT as a surgical specialty even exists! Although I end up seeing them myself most of the time, they often have many questions. These include questions about the costs of seeing an ENT Specialist, or the need for a subspecialist for their condition. 

As an ENT Specialist with more than 10 years of experience in this field, I hope this article will shed some light for those in search for an ENT Specialist in Singapore.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO EARWAX REMOVAL IN SINGAPORE

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We’ve all been guilty of ear digging. Most of my patients say they do it because they can’t stand the thought of earwax in their ear canal. Others will simply say that ear digging feels “shiok”. Imagine their surprise when I tell them that the ear canal is a self-cleansing organ which doesn't need to be cleaned!

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DOC, I HAVE “THYROID” – HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

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I often encounter friends and patients who tell me that they have “thyroid”, as if their thyroid gland is a disease or a problem. The fact is, everybody has a thyroid gland.

Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in front of the windpipe. It's function is to produce thyroid hormones that regulate your metabolism (how your body use energy).

Most people have a perfectly normal thyroid gland. You don’t have to do anything at all if your thyroid gland is healthy!

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO (NOT) SNORING

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Ever experienced sleepless nights next to a loud snorer? It's time to ask your snoring partner to get some help!

Snoring is a common problem, affecting about 15% of Singaporeans. If you've just been brushing it off as a nuisance, here's the deal - snoring may be symptomatic of a more serious health concern.

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HATE YOUR SENSITIVE NOSE? THIS IS THE CURE

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Does your nose drip like a leaky faucet 365 days a year? Do you constantly sniffle away, while the rest of your office casts judgemental stares at you?

From date nights, to friend gatherings and important work meetings, a runny nose that never seems to go away can be hugely debilitating to your everyday life.

Good news? There's hope for you. Stop using up 2 whole boxes of tissue paper each week. I'm here to teach you how to get rid of your runny nose, permanently.

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