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Medical Dermatology

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What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition, which is common in both children and adults. It often affects people who suffer from asthma and allergies or have family members who do. One in five school-age children in Singapore has eczema and it is more common among the Chinese and Malays compared with the Indians and other races. In more than 50% of patients, the onset of eczema occurred before the age of 10 years.

Causes of Eczema

  • Irritating soaps, detergents or chemicals
  • Changes in temperature or humidity
  • Clothing made of wool
  • Certain food
  • Stress

Common signs & symptoms of Eczema



Some common signs and symptoms of eczema include:

  • Rash
  • Itch
  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Inflamed skin

These symptoms are long-term in nature and they may recur after a period of apparent recovery. It is recommended that you see your skin doctor to discuss the symptoms, which you may have.

Tips for better control of Eczema

  • Bathe or shower in lukewarm water
  • After bathing, pat skin dry rather than rub the towel against the skin
  • Keep your skin moisturised (apply your personal choice of moisturiser)
  • Use mild soaps
  • Keep your fingernails short (to prevent injury to skin during scratching)
  • Wear loose-fitting, 100% cotton clothings
  • Reduce stress
  • For very young children, it may be useful to wear mittens during sleep (this will prevent skin injuries due to unconscious scratching)

Meet yourDermatologist

Our skin physician, Dr Cheong Lai Leng, is a Ministry of Health certified dermatologist who emphasizes an individualized approach to address your specific concerns whether they are medical, surgical, or cosmetic while maintaining the highest standards for quality and attention to your comfort.

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