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Allergic Rhinitis vs Sinus — How to Tell the Difference?

Nasal Decongestion

A stuffy nose can be extremely uncomfortable and frustrating, especially if it happens often. To make matters worse, the two most common culprits behind nazal congestion—allergic rhinitis and sinusitis (more commonly known as sinus)—are more alike than they are different in terms of their symptoms.

Fortunately, there are still ways to tell the two apart, though few know about them. Here’s how you can better identify your symptoms whenever you have a stuffy nose, and pursue the correct course of action with regards to treatment and management.

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis affects 13.1% of people in Singapore, with most turning to nasal decongestants such as Sato Nazal Spray Pump for relief. It occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly perceives harmless airborne particles as a health hazard, prompting the release of histamine and other mediators that cause what is akin to an allergic response.

It can be triggered by just about anything, from outdoor and indoor allergens such as pollen, to dust mites, and pet fur. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:

- sneezing
- coughing
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- itchiness in eyes, nose, mouth, throat, or skin
- watery, red, or swollen eyes
- lowered sense of smell
- pressure in nose or cheeks
- headache
- hives

Allergic rhinitis can persist for several weeks but does not cause fevers. However, it can sometimes lead to the development of sinus — another reason why the two afflictions are often confused with one another.

Sinusitis (Sinus)

There are two main kinds of sinus infections: acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis, with the latter affecting about 12.6% of people in Singapore. Sinus infections occur when fluid builds up in the sinuses of our face, facilitating germ growth. The viruses and bacteria that accumulate thereafter are what causes symptoms of sinus infections. These symptoms include:

- coughing
- sore throat
- post-nasal drip
- runny or stuffy nose
- low-grade fever
- lowered sense of smell
- pain or pressure in eyes, nose, cheeks, or forehead
- headache
- fatigue
- bad breath
- dental pains

Acute sinusitis typically lasts for 7 to 10 days, while chronic sinusitis can persist for 12 weeks or longer.

How to Identify

To distinguish between allergic rhinitis and sinus infections, you should take note of their respective distinct symptoms. For example, sneezing, itchiness, and watery eyes are more common in the former than in the latter.

Alternatively, comparing the colour of your mucus is another method to determine which affliction is causing your discomfort — clear mucus is indicative of allergic rhinitis whereas yellow or green discharge are signs of a sinus infection.

Treatment and Relief

Fortunately, treatment methods for both afflictions overlap in several areas. Antihistamines can be used to reduce swelling in nasal passages to directly reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis and prevent further germ growth in cases of sinus infections. However, antibiotics may also help in the case of the latter but should not be consumed for treating the former.

Nasal decongestant sprays in Singapore—such as the Sato Nazal Spray or the aforementioned Sato Nazal pump—are also great ways to deal with discomforts brought on by either affliction. These Japanese nasal sprays for allergies help prevent and reverse inflammation and swelling in both nasal passages and sinus openings, effectively addressing the biggest problem behind both allergic rhinitis and sinus infections

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Five Steps to Getting Fair Skin Naturally

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Due to our climate and diets, it can be difficult to deal with unwanted tans, dark spots, and post-acne pigmentation in Singapore. However, many of us still want to have a beautiful fair skin tone, and would prefer to attain it without having to go under the knife.

At Sato Pharmaceutical, we understand this. That is why we have put together five steps which you can take to work towards getting fair skin naturally:

1. Sleep Well

There is nothing quite like sleep when it comes to restoration capabilities. For your skin to attain or maintain a natural glow, a good night’s sleep is always important. Getting eight hours of sleep a day can do wonders for a fair skin tone — reducing breakout occurrences, dark circles, and a dull complexion.

Do ensure your sheets and pillow covers are clean as well to avoid skin problems that can come with exposure to dirt.

2. Use Sunscreen

Many of us already know about the ill-effects of overexposure to UV rays. However, we often ignore them, and forgo the use of sunscreen in our skincare routines. This is a grave mistake for those who would like a fair skin tone.

Always put on some sunscreen if you know you’re going to be exposed to the sun — which, in Singapore, is often more likely than not. This can help you avoid getting an unwanted tan or developing freckles on your face, hands, and feet; thereby helping you attain or maintain fair skin and a healthy complexion.

3. Cleansing Detox

Routinely engaging in a cleansing detox routine can also help you in your efforts to get fair skin naturally. Drink a glass of lukewarm water with a little bit of lemon juice and honey added in on an empty stomach every morning.  The vitamin C in lemon and the antimicrobial traits of honey can help clear your bloodstream, purify your liver, and cleanse your kidneys and urinary tracts of harmful toxins.

However, there’s only so much vitamin C in that little dash of lemon juice. So, don’t be afraid to switch things up for greater effectiveness with appropriate Japanese supplements for your skin. For example, Sato Pharmaceutical’s Hakubi White C Skin Enhancer Drink is loaded with Vitamin C and does the same job as the above routine — just multiple times better.

4. Drink Lots of Water

Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can help flush out toxins that may cause unwanted pigmentation and dulling of skin tones from your body. If you want fair skin, make sure that you stay hydrated for that natural glow; not only does it work, but it’s also easy to do!

5. Adopt a Nutritious Diet

Lastly, for a fair skin tone, you have to ensure that your diet includes nutritious food such as lots of vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy products. Avoid eating deep-fried, spicy, and packaged or processed foods that can cause duller skin, acne breakout, pimples, and blisters.

Load up on vitamin B which not only helps to improve your skin tone, but also keeps your skin more radiant, and balance out your natural oils. Sato Pharmaceutical’s Hakubi B Tablets can help you attain the fair skin tone you want, so feel free to complement your diet with these Japanese Vitamin B tablets.

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Adult Acne — What Could Be Causing It & How Can You Solve It?

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Though most commonly experienced during puberty, acne can also appear on full-grown adults. In fact, adult acne is growing all the more common over the past couple of decades, and has been found to affect women more often than men.

Adult acne can be:

- Mild — consisting of blackheads, whiteheads, or pustule

- Moderate — consisting of all the above, but also papules in great numbers

- Severe — consisting of all the above, but also involving swelling, irritation, extreme redness or discoloration, and the development of deep cysts

No matter which you experience, it is important that you figure out the possible causes of your adult acne.

What Causes Adult Acne?

At its core, adult acne can appear when your skin and pores are not functioning optimally. It happens when the overproduction of oil by your glands is not eliminated by your pores in an effective enough manner. There are several possible reasons for this:

- Family history of being predisposed to acne

- Contact irritation — caused by use of harsh cleansers or improper razors

- Fluctuating hormone levels — symptoms include deep, cyst-like, tender, and painful acne

- Emotional stress — when your acne accompanies feelings of anxiety, pressure, etc

- Physical stress — extreme weather, lack of sleep, illness, dehydration, or exposure to dirt

- Oil-based hair and skin products — styling creams, leave-in conditioners, and makeup

- Diet — excessive consumption of white flour products, sugar, dairy, or fast food

- Certain medication — corticosteroids, antidepressants, and epilepsy medication

- Underlying medical conditions — rosacea, keratosis pilaris, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc.

It is paramount that you try to narrow down the likely causes of your adult acne, such that you can eventually prevent it altogether. If, however, such an endeavor proves difficult, you should approach a dermatologist for expert advice.

What You Can Do About It

Though the ideal situation would be to root out the problem entirely, it is often not as easy as it sounds. While figuring out the best way you can change your lifestyle to accommodate for healthier skin, you should also actively treat your acne such that it does not go out of hand.

Here are several ways you can curb adult acne:

1. Practice Good Skin Care Habits

Wash your face every day, but no more than twice per day. Be sure to use cool or warm water when washing, and pick out a cleanser that is not too harsh for your skin type. Each wash should be done using either your hands or a baby washcloth (never use a regular washcloth if you have adult acne). Be sure to pat your skin dry rather than rub it.

2. Use Supplements to Control Your Sebum Production

Using the right Japanese supplements can do wonders for your skin. Hakubi B Tablets, for example, can help lower your sebum production levels, effectively counteracting whatever is causing your glands to overproduce oil. This not only helps you alleviate adult acne, but other problems to do with oily skin as well.

3. Use Topical Creams for Spot Treatment

Gentle cleansers are recommended for acne-prone skin so that the skin will not be further irritated and inflamed. However, a gentle cleanser is not sufficient for dealing with adult acne.

That is why you should use topical creams for spot treatment, to directly treat your acne without causing further breakouts. In this regard, Hakubi C Gel provides effective treatment, reducing oiliness while also replenishing moisture to prevent your skin from drying out.

4. Collagen to Reverse the Damage Done

Although collagen is not entirely essential in treating or preventing acne, it is the most important element when dealing with acne scarring. Collagen plays a key role in the healing of acne scars, and speeds up the natural healing process of your skin.

Quality-made products such as collagen drinks and collagen pills from Japan can help you reduce scarring due to your adult acne, while also providing all the other benefits that collagen is famous for, such as its anti-aging properties and improvements to skin hydration and elasticity.

Be Patient and Stay Diligent

When it comes to adult acne, it is important that you remain patient with your skin and diligently work on treating it. The change you want will not happen overnight, but is definitely achievable with time and continued effort.

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5 Ways to Take Care of Your Eye Health and Maintain Good Eyesight

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Us humans are unique in our reliance on sight as our dominant sense. In fact, it is estimated that more than 80% of what we perceive comes through our vision alone.

However, most of us do not practise good eye care habits, and pay little attention to eye health in general. This could lead to a whole plethora of problems, with red eye symptoms being the least of your worries.

Eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma can develop without good eye care, along with vision loss and blindness that can come with poor eye health. It is thus important that we not only protect our eyes from risks and hazards, but also put in the effort to adopt healthy eye care habits.

Here are 5 ways to take care of your eye health and maintain good eyesight.

1. Have a Healthy Diet

Do you know that good eye health starts with healthy eating? Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and E can help you maintain good eyesight and prevent age-related vision loss. Having a healthy diet also helps prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, which can cause blindness in adulthood.

Food items you should incorporate into your meal include:

- Green leafy vegetables
- Oily fish such as salmon or tuna
- Non-meat protein sources such as eggs, nuts, and beans
- Citrus fruits such as oranges and lime

2. Wear Protective Eyewear

Too much exposure to UV rays can increase your likelihood of developing cataracts and macular degeneration in your eyes. So, get a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Choose a pair that has wraparound lenses that protects your eyes from the sides as well. You should be looking for lenses that block out at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays.

3. Take a Break from Your Screens

Staring at the screen of your computer, phone, or television can easily tire out your eyes and put a strain on your eye health. Symptoms to look out for include experiencing dry eyes, eyestrain, blurry vision, and trouble focusing from a distance.

Whenever these symptoms appear, be sure to look away from your screen for at least 1-3 minutes. If you find that your eyes are red and dry, blink more or use artificial tears from eye care products—such as Japanese cooling eye drops—for the necessary lubrication.

4. Regular Eye Exams

To maintain good eyesight and enjoy good eye health, it is important to go for comprehensive eye exams with experts regularly. These eye exams should entail:

- Review of your personal and family medical history
- Vision tests for near- and far-sightedness, as well as astigmatism and presbyopia
- Coordination tests to check how well your eyes work together
- Eye pressure and optic nerve testing for glaucoma
- External and microscopic examination of your eyes with and without dilation

5. Carry Eye Drops with You

Eye drops are not just useful for promoting comfort when your eyes are dry. Aside from relieving irritation and dryness, they also help flush out contaminating or injurious particles that can cause damage to your eyes.

In Singapore, we are often exposed to dusty environments due to our busy roads and the abundance of ongoing construction work. The nature of most of our jobs also necessitates prolonged hours staring into a screen. All of which can be detrimental to our eye health and eyesight. Carrying eye drops with you can help alleviate this problem, and keep your eyes clean and well lubricated such that your eye health does not suffer.

However, you should always make sure that the eye drops you use are suitable for your eyes. For most, tear-type solutions such as Dorama Neo Eye Drops work best.

Resilience and Diligence in Eye Care

Eye conditions develop slowly and perhaps even unnoticeably. Poor eye health can greatly affect your quality of life, so take the necessary precautions and steps now to protect your future vision.

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Taking Care of Your Dry Eyes

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Dry eyes are a common condition that happens when there is not enough lubrication in your eyes. This may occur due to the body’s production of poor-quality tears or lack of tears, which might lead to inflammation and damage to the eyes.

Symptoms of dry eyes include:

- a stinging or burning sensation in your eyes
- thin mucus in or around your eyes
- high sensitivity to bright lights
- redness and swelling of the eyes and surrounding areas
- difficulty with the wearing of contact lenses and night-time driving
- exceptionally watery eyes
- blurred vision or pronounced eye tiredness

What Causes Dry Eyes

There can be many reasons behind why you are experiencing dry eyes. The most common potential causes include:

Excessive exposure to screen lights

When using computers, smartphones or the likes, your eyes tend to blink less fully and frequently, leading to increased tear evaporation and risk of dry eye symptoms.

Prolonged wearing of masks

Wearing masks for prolonged periods of time can  cause dry eye symptoms, as air is continuously being forced out the top of the mask and over the surface of your eyes; dry eyes are even more likely to occur this way if you wear glasses.

Environment

Windy, smoky, or dusty environments can all lead to dry eyes. Air-conditioning and ceiling fans are two other common culprits as they significantly increase indoor humidity and, in turn, tear evaporation.

Consumption of certain medications

 Some medicines can increase risk of dry eye symptoms, including but not limited to antihistamines and antidepressants, along with beta-blockers prescribed for high blood pressure and birth control pills.

How to Prevent Dry Eyes

There are several easy ways to decrease the likelihood of getting dry eyes, such as:

- avoiding air blowing into your eyes when using hairdryers, air-conditioners, or fans;
- using humidifiers to moisten dry indoor air;
- periodically taking eye breaks during prolonged eye-intensive tasks;
- frequently closing your eyes to minimize tear evaporation when in unfavorable outdoor environments; and
- positioning your computer screen slightly below eye level such that you won’t have to open your eyes as widely as if you had to look up at said screen, thereby decreasing the rate of tear evaporation when your work encompasses staring at a computer screen.

How to Treat Dry Eyes

Of course, even when taking all the steps outlined above, there will still be times when you find yourself suffering from dry eyes. One quick remedy for this is to use eye drops to treat the symptoms.

But be sure to get something well-suited for yourself. Using unsuitable eye drops may not only be ineffective but can also make things worse and increase your discomfort.

In this regard, Sato Pharmaceutical recommends using eye drops that utilize tear-type solutions. Dorama Neo Sterile Eye Drops has been reviewed to work wonders in this regard.

With its solution containing the same components as actual tears, the Dorama Neo Eye Drops works gently without irritating the eye. This Japanese cooling eye drop works best in removing dirt, dust, and contaminants in the air that may have gotten into your eyes, while giving your eyes the lubrication they need to operate optimally and comfortably.

Taking Care of Your Dry Eyes When Needed

It is important that you properly treat your symptoms of dry eyes swiftly, as prolonged discomfort can push you to rub your eyes, which then leads to more inflammation and a perpetual, painful cycle of dry eyes and discomfort.

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How to Know & Care for Your Skin Type

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We all know that skincare is important, but do you pay enough attention to the proper ways in which you should care for your skin specifically?

Reckless adoption of incompatible skincare routines and the consumption or usage of ill-suited skincare products can easily lead to your efforts not paying off, or even making things worse for your skin.

Knowing your skin type should thus be the first, defining step you take when it comes to skincare. But how do you identify your skin type?

We at Sato Pharmaceutical know exactly how tricky such a task can be. That is why we have put together this article for you, detailing the nuances of each skin type such that you can accurately identify yours and tailor your skincare routine to match it.

Normal Skin Type

Characteristics:

- regular texture
- little to no imperfections
- pores that are barely visible
- no severe sensitivity
- radiant complexion

Care Required:

There is no special care needed for those with a normal skin type. However, the basics should still be adhered to for healthy skin.

This means cleansing, moisturizing, applying sunscreen when needed, and nourishing your skin with antioxidants such as Vitamin C (some of the best Japanese vitamins for this are Hakubi White C Tablets and the Hakubi White C Drink).

Dry Skin Type

Characteristics:

- dry texture and tightness of skin
- red patches and more visible lines
- pores that are barely visible
- sensitive to infections if not properly managed
- dull, rough complexion

Care Required:

Dry skin requires additional care in terms of staying away from heavier skincare products that are oil-based or those containing drying ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

Those with dry skin should also avoid exfoliating, which would further dry out the skin, and aim to cleanse the face only once per day.

Vitamin B nourishment is extremely important for those with dry skin, and can help prevent flakiness of skin, cracked lips, and dryness altogether. Products such as Japanese vitamin Hakubi B tablets do wonders in this regard.

Oily Skin Type

Characteristics:

- oily and heavily textured
- blackheads, pimples, and other blemishes
- enlarged, visible pores
- sensitive to clogging, heat, and humidity
- shiny, thick complexion

Care Required:

Oily skin requires additional care in terms of using gentler skincare products and cosmetics that are noncomedogenic.

Those with oily skin should avoid picking, popping or squeezing any pimples, and aim to cleanse the face no more than twice per day.

Oily skin types greatly benefit from Vitamin B and C nourishment, which can be easily obtained from the aforementioned Japanese supplements for your skin, as well as Hakubi Collagen Tablets which are not only formulated with collagen, but rich in both Vitamins B and C.

Combination Skin Type

Characteristics:

- exhibiting dry skin type characteristics in some areas and oily skin type in others

Care Required:

Those with combination skin should follow the above-outlined skincare guidelines for dry and oily skin where applicable.

Multi-masking—the applying of different masks to different areas of your skin—is also recommended for those with the combination skin type. It is a targeted and customised approach to caring for the T-zone and cheeks, which are distinct areas with nuanced needs.

Japanese supplements for your skin can also help you counteract vitamin B & C deficiencies that may underlie both dry and oily skin.

Adopt the Appropriate Skincare for Your Skin Type

So, now that you know how to determine your skin type, be sure to take the necessary steps to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

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