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Toners are not essential in your skincare routine, unless your skin is oily. Many Singaporeans believe that it can help to tighten or close pores, but this is NOT true.

It can also irritate your skin if you have eczema or sensitive skin.

Toner was actually invented in the first place because cleansers in the past used to leave a soapy film on your skin, and toner helped to remove it.

If your skin is oily, then toner can be used. I'd pick one that has salicylic or hydroxy acid to improve skin oiliness and skin tone. 

If your skin is NOT oily, then I'd prefer for you to replace toners with Retin A/retinoic acid, as the latter can actually help to tighten pores, unlike toners.

Here's what a skincare routine will look like:

AM (in order): Cleanser, Vitamin C Serum/Antioxidants, Moisturiser, Sunscreen

PM (in order): Cleanser, Moisturiser, Retin A

10 Nov 2018

Hi, Medical IDs bracelets, or Medical Alert Bracelets, can be helpful for doctors treating you, especially in an emergency situation.

The main purpose of a medical ID is to alert healthcare workers (including paramedics and nurses) to your specific medical or allergic condition at the point in time when they're about to administer emergency treatment.

This allows you to receive proper treatment without delay. 

Hence, including info that could help in a life or death situation, such as severe food or medical allergies, blood group, next of kin contact info etc, would be most helpful. 

You should visit a doctor to discuss the most important things to include on your bracelet.  

SMA does run a service in Singapore for medical IDs, called the MEDIC AWAS programme. You may want to check that out. It allows for more info to be recorded as it comes in the form of a card too, which you can carry around with you. 

15 Nov 2018

Hi, you should definitely see a doctor/go to A&E immediately as a matter of urgency, as your chest pain has lasted for weeks and has shown signs of worsening.

Chest pain is one of those symptoms that you should NOT ignore. While it’s indeed often due to "less-worrying" causes, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Even minor chest pains can sometimes be a sign of coronary artery disease and clogged heart vessels - up to 30% of heart attacks have barely noticeable warning signs or symptoms.

Below are some general guidelines that may be useful for deciding when your chest pain is serious and warrants urgent medical attention: 

  1. You are older than 40
  2. You have risk factors for heart disease (smoking, obesity, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes). 
  3. You have a family history of early heart disease.
  4. Your chest pain is accompanied by chest tightness, squeezing, heaviness, or a crushing sensation, weakness, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or fainting.
  5. The chest pain radiates to your shoulders, arms, or jaw.
  6. The pain is more severe than any you've had before.
  7. The pain is accompanied by a sense of impending doom.
  8. The pain is persistent or worsening.

If you need immediate attention for your chest pain, the safest thing to do is to call 911 and be taken to a nearby A&E.

20 Nov 2018

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I am a 30 year old male, and I would like to get an ultrasound scan for what feels to be a lump under my left rib cage for almost 1 year now. I would like to know how I can go about doing this, as I have no clue where to start. For example: 1. Is a patient's concern generally enough to get a referral for an ultrasound? 2. What is the quickest way to go about this? 3. Are there GP practices that offer an ultrasound in house? 4. What kind of costs would I be looking at for an ultrasound scan?