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  • Why Love and Social Connectedness Make You Healthier

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    It’s February and love is in the air. Between Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, love is all around us. Love goes beyond the romantic, spine-tingling early days of a new relationship and can be found in the supportive relationships ...

  • 「不應把比手肘還細小的異物放進耳朵!」為何你不應用綿花棒清潔耳朵

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    世上有沒有一項習慣比用綿花棒清潔耳朵更舒適?當然我們可以再聯想到幾樣,但綿花棒挖耳絕對是其中之一。然而醫生指用綿花棒清潔耳朵會引起一種「癢抓循環」,人越感到痕癢,身體會釋放組織胺,讓人忍耐不禁要抓癢,倒頭來卻使人更覺痕癢,因此香港耳鼻喉科醫生何大偉醫生提醒大家應盡快戒除用綿花棒清潔耳朵的習慣   用綿花棒清潔有一定危險 用綿花棒清潔耳朵會弄巧反絀,此舉不單無效清潔,更會把耳垢越推越入。何醫生解釋:「因為人不能看見自己的耳道,最後只會將耳垢推入內裡。」耳垢日積月累,會窒礙耳鼓膜振動,影響聲音傳送,更甚的是,嚴重時有機會導致聽力損害。此外,使用綿花棒時不免磨擦耳道,造成微小傷口,情況有如跪地時膝蓋外皮的磨損。   耳垢有助保護耳朵 信不信由你,人類經歷千萬年的進化後,身體的自潔系統實際上比以綿花棒清潔為好。耳垢,醫學專稱「耵聹」,能夠保護人類內耳不受「俗世」所污染。耳垢具抗菌、防水、為耳道保濕等功能,亦能隔絕塵埃進入耳朵,使易損的內耳結構不致受感染。只有愚蠢者才會想挖去這黃啡耳垢。   耳垢栓塞的症狀 部分人以綿花棒過度清潔耳朵,擦傷內耳易損的皮膚,因而感到痕癢。就似刮傷膝蓋般,耳朵受傷、皮膚癒合時會引致痕癢,除此以外,耳垢栓塞有以下症狀: 1) 聽力下降 2) 耳痛 3) 耳鳴 4) 耳朵受壓 5) 頭暈 如你懷疑自己或孩子耳垢栓塞,我們建議你求醫,醫生能判斷耳朵有否損傷,亦能協助移除耳垢。如嬰孩和幼兒感到耳垢栓塞,他們會時常拉扯自己的耳朵。   讓耳朵自我清潔 當你咀嚼和說話時,顎部會隨之移動,耳垢亦會慢慢移出,繼而變乾再掉出。成人和兒童不應把比手肘還細小的異物放進耳朵,當然人體結構上這是不可能,(如果你能證明此說法為錯,請傳來片段!)因此請確保不要把綿花棒、耳挖(一枝鐵制或木制的物件,用以清除耳垢)、手指或尖物放入耳道。 具體來說,嬰孩和幼兒擁有一雙有良好自潔能力的耳朵,同時亦積累不少耳垢。如果你看見孩子外耳有過多耳垢,以不沾肥皂的濕抺布清潔已綽綽有餘,之後記緊要輕輕拍乾孩子的耳朵。我們再三叮囑成人和兒童不要在耳朵內粘上任何東西。 何醫生解釋,耳垢乃正常之物,而且「如用異物清潔耳朵,其實只是把一件有效保持人體健康的工具移走。」   Looking for health insurance? Want to better understand your current plan or healthcare options in Hong Kong? Contact our partner AD MediLink now at hello@admedilink.hk or +852 2296 9773 for expert and unbiased advice. Their advisors areuniquely trained on the Hong ...

  • It’s a First on Hong Kong Island! Private Hospital Opens 24-Hour Emergency Services

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    On December 15, 2017, the Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital announced the opening of its round-the-clock emergency services. This makes the Gleneagles the only private hospital on HK Island to provide emergency care with a team of Emergency Medicine specialists. The ...

  • 8 Health Resolutions for 2018 | For a better, healthier you!

    8 Health Resolution for 2018

    It’s that time of year again when we look toward the future with new resolutions to start on the right foot. Our editorial team has narrowed down 8 resolutions for a better, healthier you. We’ll start with the tough resolutions ...

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