Have you experienced looking high and low for your keys to realize that they are in your hand? Have you ever forgotten to turn the gas off when you leave the house? Cannot recall your password to your bank account? If these happen to you repeatedly, you may be suffering from memory loss. Memory loss occurs when areas of the brain that are vital for memory processing are affected. Symptoms Significant diminished memory in all ages Decrease in intellectual and analytical abilities Difficulty in recalling previously learned information Decrease in learning and recall abilities Common Causes Aging Work pressure and […]
Joints are important in almost all the activities you do. Simple movements such as bending, walking and lifting require the use of your hip, knee and elbow joints. When the joint becomes inflamed, the resulting pain can severely limit your ability to move and work. Symptoms Pain, swelling, stiffness, and/or warmth in joints Red, swollen and painful to touch Restricted joint mobility Common Causes There are two types of joint discomfort which can be caused by: Non-arthritis related such as sprains, strains, fractures and back/spine related problems. Arthritis-related such as Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Gout etc.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person faces difficulty falling or staying asleep or a lack of quality sleep for a period of time.If left untreated, long term sleep disturbances can decrease quality of life and lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Symptoms Sleepiness during the day General tiredness Irritability Problems with concentration or memory Common Causes Significant stress that can be caused by job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving etc Illness, emotional or physical discomfort Environmental factors such as noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep Medications that may interfere with sleep Interferences […]
Introduction There are many degrees of oral pain, ranging from mild discomfort to agonising. Oral pain is usually caused by inflammation, triggered by trauma or an infection. Signs & Symptoms Oral pain is a symptom of an underlying cause. It is possible to experience the following together with the oral pain: Swelling of the gums Tooth cavities Loss of function When to Seek Medical Attention If your pain is due to a wisdom tooth that is fully embedded or partially erupted When your mouth sores do not heal even after 2 weeks If the pain is severe and causing you […]
Introduction Halitosis, or bad breath, is a rather common but distressing condition that can cause low self esteem and social anxiety. Sometimes, halitosis sufferers do not realise they have a problem until loved ones tell them. This is due to the individual’s nose getting used to the constant foul odour from the mouth. On the other hand, some individuals suffer from halitophobia, also known as delusion halitosis. This means that they have an exaggerated perception of how bad their breath smells, even though no problem exists. Due to individual perceptions and thresholds, it can be difficult to self-diagnose halithosis. Signs […]
Introduction Scalp ringworm (Tinea Capitis) refers to an itchy, scaly rash of the scalp. There are many causes of an itchy scalp; however, when it is caused by a fungus, the rash is known as tinea capitis. The fungus causing tinea capitis prefers hair follicles. This is why tinea capitis favors the scalp area. The affected hairs can harbor the fungus for a year or more. As these affected hairs are shed, other family members’ scalps can become infected with the same fungus. Tinea capitis is most common between preschool-age and adolescence. Signs & Symptoms The appearance of scalp ringworm […]