(12 days ago)
Dear Asia Expat Readers,
Question? I have been told that domestic helpers use a common excuse of "numbness in extremities" as a health complaint. According to sources, this is being used to get drugs from the overburdened medical system, received from duties and compensation from employers. Can anyone advise?
It is called Pasma. For example, if you use an iron with heat to iron clothes followed by washing clothes in cold water, it will cause this condition . I have heard it spoken of for many years now. A common ailment for a Filipino, but in reality considered folk medicine.
There are no drugs to treat it except asprin type arthritis type pills or ointment.
As an employer let them decide when to iron or hand wash so as not not have this problem. As long as the work is done, how important is it to have it done exaclty in the order you command?