A Girl’s Nightmare: Toxic Shock Syndrome

 

Perhaps not all girls here in Singapore are familiar with toxic shock syndrome. Toxic shock syndrome is a rare but it is a serious condition that is from staphylococcus aureus bacterium that can produce toxins. It can get into your bloodstream which can be very dangerous to your health and wellbeing. Girls are particularly scared of this condition because it is linked with superabsorbent tampons.

Although it can affect anyone, girls have higher chances of contracting this condition. If it is left untreated, it can lead to major organ damage and eventually death. It is important that you know things about this condition so you will be aware.

What are the symptoms?  

Identifying the symptoms is not easy because it can vary from one person to another however in most cases, symptoms will appear unexpectedly. You should be wary of the common signs to begin with. Signs include sudden fever, headache, low blood pressure, confusion, seizures, redness of the throat, mouth and eyes, vomiting, rash, nausea, muscle aches and headache.

When to see the doctor?

If you noticed, some of the signs of toxic shock syndrome are also attributed to flu. In fact, many people ignore it thinking that it is just plain old flu. However you should be thoroughly keen. If you noticed the symptoms mentioned above after using tampons, it is important that you keep in touch with your physician right away. Remember that it is life-threatening.

What are the causes?

The infection happens when the bacteria go into the body through a skin’s opening like sore, cut or wound. Experts are not yet sure what is the exact cause that leads to this condition but others believe that when you leave the tampons for long, it can attract bacteria. Another theory is that fibres in the tampons can scratch the vagina thereby creating an opening for the bacteria to go inside the bloodstream.

What are the treatments?

You have to understand the gravity of the situation – toxic shock syndrome is a medical emergency. There are people who have to stay inside the intensive care unit for many days so they can be monitored. The doctors will probably prescribe intravenous antibiotic to help your body fight the infection inside.

There are other treatment methods that depend on the underlying cause. Like if there is a vaginal sponge, the doctor will simply remove the object from the body. The doctor will also try gamma globulin injections to subdue the inflammation thereby boosting the immune system.

The Art of Aromatherapy: Learning About Essential Oils

 

Aromatherapy is famous here in Singapore. Many people attested to its effectiveness especially after a long and tiring day. Aromatherapy utilizes aromatic plant oils and plant materials that include essential oils created for shifting one’s mood, psychological and cognitive well-being. Some think of it as a complementary therapy while others think of it as a practice of alternative medicine.

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It was mentioned earlier that aromatherapy utilizes essential oils. When you hear essential oils, it means the fragrance extracted from leaves, bark, roots, flowers and fruits of aromatic plants. Oils have a distinctive scent that can cure diverse conditions. There are different types of oil from cosmetic uses to scents. If you are a beginner, you should know some profiles of essential oils so you will be more acquainted with it. Here are the common essential oils you will find in the market:

  • Chamomile: Chamomile is famous not as an essential oil but as a variety of tea. It is time now to know that it can also be your variety of tea. In aromatherapy, chamomile is used to treat depression.

 

  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon Is the common staple of everyone – it can be used as kitchen ingredient as well as in aromatherapy. It can reduce irritability and drowsiness? Another classic scent, jasmine flower is important because you can use it as a tea or perfume. It can help calming the nerves from insomnia and depression.

 

  • Lavender: You should never miss lavender as an essential oil. It is famous as a remedy for muscle pains, sinus infections, migraines and asked him simple things.

 

  • Lemon: Your food can never be complete without lemons. It is widely used for many recipes from lemonade to sauces and salads. It can treat coughs, sore throats and many infections.

 

  • Orange: The vitamin C packed fruit can also be used to alter your moods as well as lowering blood pressure.

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  • Peppermint: Peppermint is the most widely utilized aromatic oil because it can be edible or nonedible. Peppermint oil is famous for its digestion aid.

 

  • Rose: Rose oil and its fragrance have been celebrated for many years and it is associated with romance. Aside from that, rose is common to treat many skin problems.

 

  • Tea Tree: Tea tree oil is also called “medicine cabinet in a bottle”. It is famous because it can cure different things from bacteria to viruses, fungi as well as stimulating your immune system.

 

  • Sandalwood: Sandalwood is extracted from the sandalwood tree. It goes through an intricate manufacturing. It is famous as a treatment for infections as well as stand against inflammation.

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What Essential Oils to Use for Particular Conditions

 

You are now convinced that aromatherapy can be of great help at the end of the day. You should know everything you can about it so you can effectively maximize it. Aromatherapy utilizes aromatic oils and materials from plants. The by-product is called essential oils. The goal of aromatherapy is to change the person’s cognitive, mood and even physical wellbeing.

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Some Singaporeans see aromatherapy as complementary therapy (the one which can be availed along with other standard treatment) while others are discovering that it can be a form of alternative medicine. If you are more interested about it as a form of alternative medicine, you should know the essential oils profiles.

Here are some profiles that you should know about:

  • Cedarwood: Cedarwood is a tree. It is actually a gigantic tree. It can grow up to 100 feight in terms of height. Aromatherapy experts say that it can used to treat congestion.

 

  • Chamomile: You only hear chamomile when talking about tea. Chamomile is actually known as a tea and a famous one at that. Chamomile is a flower which is also popular for its fragrance. Its fragrance is known to treat depression.

 

  • Clove: Clove is a spice which can be seen mostly in many recipes. In the world of aromatherapy, it can be used as a pain reliever or an antiseptic.

 

  • Fir: You fancy Christmas trees. You should also know that firs or Christmas trees are good for soothing the muscle as well as alleviating rheumatism pain. Firs have this pleasing smell.

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  • Ginger: Believe it or not the essence of ginger can be of great help. Most only know that ginger is for many recipes but now it is said that ginger can stimulate your appetite as well as dismiss headaches.

 

  • Lemon: Lemons should indeed be included in the list. Aside from being used for different recipes, it can also serve as your treatment for coughs, sore throats and other infections.

 

  • Peppermint: Peppermint is one of the most widely used essential oil in the market. It can be used to aid the digestive system.

 

  • Ylang ylang: Ylang ylang actually originated in the Philippines but the world came to know it because of its distinctive smell as well as striking appearance.

 

  • Thyme: Thyme is popular especially in the kitchen but not all people know its benefits. According to experts of aromatherapy, you can also use thyme to fight against infections.

 

  • Rosemary: Rosemary is a spice bit it doesn’t mean you can just wait for it to cook. Rosemary is famous because it is the main ingredient in most massage oils.

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Home Remedies That Can Restore Your Health

Sometimes healing is just in the kitchen waiting to be discovered. If you think of getting healthy and well, you think of synthetic medicines prescribed by doctors. What if there are home remedies that can swear the same effectiveness? It is time that you give these home remedies a chance to prove themselves.

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Here are some home remedies that you can consider to restore health or to make things better:

• Chamomile tea bag: You should know that chamomile can be your natural anti -inflammatory buddy. There are many researches about its health benefits. In fact, in 2009, scientists from Ohio discovered that chamomile have the same anti-inflammatory effect like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. You only need to press the used teabag on your sore and it can alleviate swelling and redness. It doesn’t end there because you can also use chamomile to your baby suffering from colic.

• Milk: If you are particular about your skin, it is best to use milk. You have heard about Cleopatra’s bathing in milk, right? Today, it is called alpha-hydroxy acid skin treatment. It helps softens dead skin cells and inspire new cells to grow. You will find lactic acid in milk. Lactic acid can be a good remedy for acne-prone skins thereby preventing breakouts. It can also get rid of blackheads.

• Turmeric: Turmeric’s compound called curcumin can help women deal with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). According to research, curcumin can help ease mood and behavioural symptoms of women enduring PMS.

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• Ginger: In general, ginger is good for people with upset stomach but it is more than that. If you have this travel sickness, you can use ginger to your advantage. You only need to drop few slices in hot water and drink it. It can be your natural anti-inflammatory medicine. Its effect is similar to synthetic aspirin or ibuprofen.

• St. John’s Wort: If you are kind of anxious, it is time that you try St. John’s wort. Saint John’s wort is known to be a natural antidepressant. The plant contain hyperforin and hypericin that can help ease relieve anxiety and depression. You have to be careful though before taking this. There are studies that revealed it can interfere with other medications and contraceptive pill.

That should do it. There are myriad of home remedies to be discovered and the things mentioned above are only tip of the iceberg. Do not under estimate the power of home remedies because it can make a difference at the end of the day. The thing is, you can easily find these items here in Singapore.

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Food Items That Can Last Forever

They say that there is no such thing as forever. Maybe in love but in the case of foods, there are items that can last forever. With the right storage and some techniques, there are many supplies that can last a lifetime. In case of emergencies, these food items can definitely help.

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The key to success here is to know types of foods that can last forever and knowing how to store them. Here are some food items that can last forever:

• Honey: Honey is more than just for baking or cooking, it can also serve as a cure. The good news is that honey does not go bad. In fact, scientists found a 3,000 year old honey in a tomb and still found it edible. With the right storing, it can last forever. If honey crystallizes, it can be reheated and can be used like the fresh honey. Honey can last forever because it has low water content and microorganisms hate that kind of environment.

• Sugar: Sugar can be prone to moisture but if there are some rice granules in the container, it can live longer and possibly forever. Sugar is an important staple since it can be used as a sweetener, preservative and as an insecticide.

• Salt: Salt’s shelf life is open-ended but its only challenge is its absorption of moisture. Much like sugar, moisture can be eradicated with the help of rice granules. Make sure though that the rice granules are inside the container or storage.

• Wheat: Wheat is a common staple here in Singapore and the world. It contains high carbohydrate plus protein, minerals as well as vitamins. It can be used as a leavening agent and baking.

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• Baking soda: Baking soda is famous for its long term storage as well as versatility. It is famous as a leavening agent but it can also be used as a household cleaner and as a tarnish remover.

• Dried corn: Corns can be dried to extend its shelf life. Our ancestors practiced drying corn in preparation for the next year. The best way to extend its shelf life is to dry it out. It can be used to feed livestock or cornmeal.

• White rice: Rice is an excellent source for calories. It is cheap and it can last a lifetime if it is properly stored. Keeping it stored in a dry place can help extend its life.

• Powdered milk: Milk has this consume until date but you can prolong its shelf life by repacking it or storing it in the freezer. However, if you notice that the milk develops into a yellow color and odor, it is time to throw it.

After knowing what foods to consider, it is time that you know how to store them. The most efficient way to store food items is installing a multi-barrier system. Multi-barrier system can protect the food from different natural elements starting from the sunlight to the moisture and insect infestations. People who store in bulk consider multi-purpose items as well as inexpensive ones.
Now this sounds a prepper but it pays to be ready. Singaporeans should know this.

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3 Reasons to Spend a Week Away From Life in the City

Living in a modern world can be quite of a stress sometimes. All these busy streets and busy people, nobody seems to pause for a moment and think about the goodness and relaxation in life. Everyone seems to be in a hurry, everyone cares nothing less but to earn, spend, earn again, and spend again without really taking the time of their lives. They tend to getaway and forget to reconnect with the nature which should really happen in most of our lives.

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In Singapore, one of the most modernized countries in the world, only very few rural areas strive to survive in the recent times. Pulau Ubin in Singapore is one of the last rural areas in Singapore with about a hundred village settlers today is a small island lying near the north east of Singapore. It is a striving island that struggles to cope with the fast paced lifestyle of the people in the city.

This tiny island is rich with bountiful flowers and ornaments that makes the whole island alive and fully rejuvenating. It also supports number of migrating birds that serves as their shelter where threatened birds found refugee. It is such a satisfying feeling to live and be back in nature with all its peace and serenity. Here are three reasons for you to spend even a week away from your busy life in the city;

1. Re-connect and reunite with nature

Go green, see green. Life in the city is very different from the life in the province. In the city, everything is so fast and seems to be on a very tight schedule. Give yourself the chance to reunite with the things that you are deprived of doing when you are in the city. Spending a week in your favorite province or rural getaway destination helps you reconnect with nature.

Get acquainted with the life where all you can see are green trees, blossoming flowers, free birds flying above you and not those sky-high tall buildings, thousands of cars on the streets and planes flying above. Spend time in going to the riverbanks, catch a fish, take a long ride in your favorite bike, or you can even try to plant trees and pick your favorite flower from a flower farm. Just imagine hundreds of things that you can do to reunite with Mother Nature! It’s never too late to come back anyways.

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2. Back to basics – celebrate life in its simple form

When you are on a rural getaway – try to move away from the hypnotizing and addictive call of your gadgets and updated technology. Try to spend a day without watching television. Or try to spend your time without looking and checking out your phone. Also, try to get away from doing things in an instant way.

Take your time – live as if you are living in an ancient era, where technology is just a figment of one’s imagination. There is nothing more pleasurable and satisfying than living a life in its simplest form – simple means of survival, simple means of feeling human again. Go and open your window, listen to the peaceful music of the birds singing on your trees, find serenity, bring back your inner peace!

3. Cook and eat the freshest food nature can offer

Because living in a modern world deprives you the chance to eat and grab the best and fresh foods that you deserve, when you are on a vacation outside the city, try to grab a fresh meal. Pick the ingredients yourself – go on a near farm or even a backyard. Cook them without the luxury of preservatives and artificial flavorings. Cook vegetables that you freshly picked yourself.

You can try a fresh vegetable salad, or cook savory meals with no artificial flavorings – just pure goodness of the fresh vegetable that your garden offers. Or enjoy the sweetness and mouthwatering natural flavors of fruits around the backyard. You can have the chance to eat something that you know is fresh while at the same time nourishing your body. So go and have fun under the sun while enjoying a healthy lifestyle at the same time!

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