Oftentimes, experiencing shortness of breath from time to time is not something that you should be worried about. If you’ve been exercising or maintaining an active lifestyle, it’s common to experience some changes in your breathing. Shortness of breath can be a normal result of being physically active or a sign of needing more exercise.
However, when you develop shortness of breath all of a sudden without reason, it’s always a good idea to arrange an online medical consultation with a professional doctor.
Shortness of breath can be a symptom or warning sign of a more serious underlying health condition. To help you determine whether or not it’s time to see a doctor, below are some indications that your difficulty in breathing requires medical attention.
1. When you are hyperventilating
As mentioned earlier, experiencing temporary difficulty in breathing isn’t usually serious. It can be caused by a change in the weather, the use of certain household cleaning products or common cold that typically goes away in a few days. However, if your breathing problem makes you hyperventilate, consulting a doctor is strongly advised.
Commonly, acute shortness of breath can be caused by respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These infections can be dangerous and fatal if left untreated.
When you’re always finding it hard to breathe, especially while lying down, it’s an indication that your breathing problem is severe enough to require medical attention.
2. When it is starting to interfere with your life or work
Excessive exercising or engaging in physical activities can cause you to have difficulty in breathing, albeit only for a short while. This is usually temporary and should not affect your daily activities.
However, if your breathing problem is a result of something more serious, there’s a possibility that it can interfere with your life and work, especially if left neglected.
If you’ve been diagnosed with conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may experience severe shortness of breath that can hinder you from going about your everyday routine. In this case, it’s a good idea to seek professional help right away, so your condition can be accessed and treated as soon as possible.
3. When it is accompanied by other serious symptoms
Your breathing problem can just be one of the several symptoms you are experiencing due to a serious health condition. There are various conditions you may have if your shortness of breath is accompanied by other significant symptoms.
For example, if your difficulty in breathing is accompanied by a tightening pain in your chest (angina), this could be a sign of coronary artery disease.
On the other hand, if you are experiencing difficulty breathing with a persistent cough, chest discomfort or pain, and other heavy sensations around the upper body, you may be at risk of having lung cancer.
Shortness of breath is a common symptom in lung cancer patients who are in the advanced stages of the disease. To be sure, be aware of changes in your body and other accompanying symptoms you are experiencing aside from breathing difficulty.
For most people, shortness of breath isn’t usually a cause for alarm. Breathing problems may just be temporary and a normal effect of lifestyle changes. However, if it has already become severe to the point of keeping you from performing your daily activities, or if it comes with other symptoms, it’s highly recommended that you consult a doctor online in Singapore.
MyCLNQ is a telehealth app in Singapore that addresses all your telehealth needs in one place – from booking a private ambulance to seeing a doctor and purchasing your medications online, MyCLNQ provides you with the medical assistance you need in an instant!
Long before we get professionally diagnosed with an illness, our body actually gives us warning signs! As they may be rather subtle, it can be quite natural for us to overlook them and move on with our daily routine.
However, some minor symptoms can be indicators of severe medical conditions. Hence, it’s imperative for you to know what exactly to look out for so you can notice the early signs before the sickness further develops. In some cases, such as a stroke, it can be a matter of life and death.
Here are some signs of underlying health issues that you definitely shouldn’t ignore.
Anytime you experience a burning sensation in your chest after a meal or at night, your mother would probably be the first to tell you that your body is feeling “heaty”. This is also known as heartburn. If you’re lying down on the bed, then the pain can be so intense that you’d have to sit up in an attempt for it to subside.
On an occasional basis, there’s no need to get worried over heartburn. The pain can typically be relieved with over-the-counter medications and changes in your lifestyle. But when it occurs for up to twice a week, despite taking medication, then it can be a sign for you to seek medical care.
Numbness, mainly if it only occurs exclusively on one side of the body, can be a severe indicator of stroke. Alternatively, it can also be associated with other diseases like diabetes. No matter what, you should always get it investigated every time you experience a numbing sensation.
3. Bad breath
Many factors lead to bad breath. It could be the food you eat, poor oral health habits or smoking cigarettes. But did you know that it can also be a sign of other health issues?
When your bad breath is persistent, or if there’s always a bad taste in your mouth, then it could be a red flag signalling gum disease, which is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth. If gum disease is left untreated, it could lead to damage in both the gums and jawbone. Bad breath can also be due to cavities, bronchitis and many other diseases and illnesses.
4. Chapped lips
In our sunny Singapore, dry lips may seem like a norm, but it’s nothing that can’t be solved with lip balm. But when your lips continue to appear all dried up and cracked despite taking preventive measures, then you can consider a visit to the dermatologist.
Sometimes, it can be because of dehydration or malnutrition, which requires serious attention from a doctor. Notably, it signals the lack of B vitamins in your system, which puts you at risk of anaemia.
If you urgently require medic services, you can quickly request for a private ambulance in Singapore through MyCLNQ, a mobile application with an array of digital telehealth services for your healthcare needs!
Even though we’ve transitioned to Phase 2 of post-Circuit Breaker, some people are still wary of leaving their house to stay safe. Instead of scheduling an in-person appointment, you now have the option of seeing a doctor online, directly through your mobile phone! While it is important to keep vigilant on any COVID-19 symptoms, it is also crucial to pay attention to your overall health and check for other worrying signs that may indicate a health concern.
WHY EVERY FAMILY SHOULD HAVE A NON EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORT SERVICE ON STANDBY
In Singapore, SCDF will no longer take non-emergency patients to hospitals. In 2018 SCDF handled more than 187,000 emergency medical service calls – or 500 calls daily.
MyCLNQ aims to support this demand. Our free healthcare allows you to book and prebook for non-emergency medical transport in Singapore.
Here are 4 reasons why every family in Singapore should have our app on standby in case the need arises
- Appointments with family doctors, specialists, dentists, optometrists and podiatrists
- Chemotherapy, dialysis and radiation treatments
- Tests at hospitals, labs and medical imaging centres
- Rehabilitation sessions with occupational therapists and physiotherapists
Our non emergency medical transport includes:
- One/ Two-way Medical transport from Home to Hospitals
- Stretcher Transfer Service
- Wheel Chair Service
- Medic services
- Special Events Transfer
- Airport Pick & Drop
- First Aid coverage for sports
- Psychiatric cases
Our free mobile app is available on both Google and Apple
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If you want to eat more, it is simple! be mindful of your choices. People tend to eat more because their choices of food are NOT nutritious.
Take a look at that example; for just a cheeseburger and coke the calories is still higher than consuming 5 nutritious food. This is why when people who love eating fast food are hungry all the time. The food is not nutritious but the calories content is very high. This is also the reason for weight gain.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHAT TO EAT?
Download a helpful app that allows you to track your nutrients intake including calories goals. For example, MyFitnessPal is great for you to track your meals.
Always be mindful of carbs.
-Switch your white rice to cauliflower rice
-Switch your potatoes to pumpkin
– Instead of deep-frying your fries, air-fry it and don’t add salt
We should all strive to eat better but do not starve yourself. You can still enjoy food without getting fat or unhealthy. Start being mindful to the things you put inside your body. These are precautions you can take to not fall sick and live a long and healthy life.
Stay home but stay healthy. We can still go out to do simple aerobic exercises to stay healthy and keep our immune system strong!
Singapore Health Promotion Board and Ministry of Health have launch plenty of guidelines to keep Singaporeans active and healthy. You may visit the following websites for more details:
https://www.livehealthysg.com/, https://www.healthhub.sg/ ,https://www.hpb.gov.sg/
So what is AEROBIC EXERCISE?
It is any type of cardiovascular conditioning aka CARDIO.Another way to describe aerobic exercise or “cardio” is that it’s the type of workout that increases both your heart rate and breathing
Simple activities that you can still do right now is, Skipping, Running/Jogging, Brisk Walking and Cycling.
If you do not wish to leave your house during this pandemic, a simple skipping rope exercise of 45 mins can burn up to 450 calories! That is as good as running outside!
30 minutes or more of aerobic exercise five or more days each week
WHY IS IT GOOD?
Aerobic exercise helps keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy
The different benefits of Aerobic Exercises
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Improved joint mobility
- Decreased stress levels
- Improved posture and coordination
- Strengthened bones
- Decreased body fat levels.prevention or management of diseases
- Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
- Strengthen muscles.improve cardiovascular fitness
- Burn plenty of kilojoules
- Help maintain a healthy weight.
Even after the Circuit Breaker ends and Singapore enters Phase 1, most people are still working from home.
What are the challenges of remote working especially during the pandemic? Is remote working here to stay even after the crisis?
Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter. are announcing that the transition to remote work is going to be permanent.Mark Zuckerberg announced that up to half of Facebook’s employees could be working remotely in five to 10 years
In Singapore, employees are only allowed to go into the office only when it is necessary or if they need to access something sensitive like legal work. If your employer in Singapore operates a non-essential service but insists that you continue working; you may report this to Covid_GoBusiness@mti.gov.sg.
In this new work-from-home reality that we’re living in, it’s particularly challenging for people to draw a line between work life and personal life. It is very important for employers to
- Respect working hours and off-working hours
- Ease on micromanaging and trust employees
- Have clear communication tools. E.G Slack for Updates, Emails for Reports etc
Some “traditional” companies that don’t believe in flexible work or remote work have been forced into it by the pandemic. These managers are definitely forced to trust employees and accept that digital transformation is necessary to keep the business alive
Here are some communication tools you can use to for remote working
As of 18th May 2020, 88% of the covid19 cases are Work Permit holders living in Dormitories. This also means that all of them will be returning to the workforce soon when they have recovered. So what happens next? Singapore is using a device that is given to every worker to monitor their oxygen level and can help detect early signs of a deterioration in health
It is important for Singapore to provide medical support in the recovery phase of covid19. This helps to ensure that workers living in the dorms are supervised and are well enough to eventually return to work
MyCLNQ wants to be part of this. Our app may not be popular among the work permit holders in Singapore but we are definitely looking to change this by
- Giving them e-vouchers to use in case of the need for non-emergency medical transport
- Contact relevant companies that have employees that are made up of work permit holders to educate them on how to use our app
The team at MyCLNQ feels that EVERYONE should have the knowledge and access to simpler healthcare especially during this time when everyone is using a smartphone. If they can use Facebook, they will definitely be able to navigate our user-friendly app.
We hope to kickstart this project by early June to ensure that we are doing our part as a company to help Singapore in this difficult time