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What is eczema/ skin rash?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that starts in infancy or childhood. 1 in 5 children are estimated to suffer from eczema.

 

 

It starts as an itchy red rash with cracked skin, commonly over the wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles. In infants, the rash may be on the neck, face, and body as well. Over time, the skin may thicken due to repeated rubbing and inflammation.

 

Some children outgrow eczema, however for others, eczema may wax and wane even in adulthood.

 

Why does eczema occur?

Eczema is a result of the interaction of genes and environment. People with eczema have a more permeable or ‘leaky’ skin barrier, therefore the skin is more susceptible to irritation by things such as soaps, chemicals, fragrances, dust, smoke, sweat, clothing fibres, and more — resulting in the itchy rash.

 

Eczema is not caused by bacteria, and is not contagious. However, broken skin due to repeated scratching can be at risk of getting infected.

 

 

 

How to manage eczema?

As people with eczema have more sensitive skin, it is important to avoid things that can cause eczema to flare up. Even if the skin is clear with no rashes, care must be taken to keep the skin moisturised and healthy.

 

Daily maintenance care

  • Use a soap-free body wash and lukewarm water in the shower. Avoid taking long or hot showers as it dries out the skin.
  • Apply a non-fragranced moisturiser to the whole body twice a day. This is best done within a few minutes after showering.
  • Avoid exposure to trigger factors where possible.

 

Treatment during flares

  • Steroid creams or ointments may be prescribed by your doctor for eczema flares. Steroid creams reduce the acute inflammation quickly.
  • Antihistamine tablets help to relieve itch, especially at night to allow better sleep.
  • For moderate to severe eczema which is not improving despite proper application of steroid creams, calcineurin inhibitor creams such as Elidel or Protopic are an option. You may wish to discuss this with your doctor.
  • Wet wraps help to soothe itchy and irritated skin, and reduce oozing discharge from rashes and broken skin. Wet wraps lock in moisture to the skin, similar to the effect of facial sheet masks. They can be left for several hours overnight, and have been shown to reduce scratching and improve sleep quality in children with eczema.

 

If you suspect you or your loved one has eczema, see our friendly doctors for a thorough assessment and more information on how to manage it.

 

 

Photo credit: https://www.eczemacompany.com/what-is-wet-wrap-therapy-for-eczema/

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the best treatments for eczema is a good skin care routine. Make sure to use a dermatologist-approved creams, lotions, and ointments for the best result. Contact a Healthsprings Singapore Medical and Aesthetic specialist for an assessment today.

As of now, there is no eczema cure. The recommended treatment for eczema by medical professionals at Healthsprings Singapore is to avoid irritants and natural allergens and maintain a good routine to take care of your sensitive skin.

A good skincare routine with an approved topical formula can help clear out eczema. OTC formulas and eczema treatments can be recommended to you by Healthsprings Singapore Medical and Aesthetic specialist.

Dermatologists and eczema specialists at Healthsprings Singapore recommends an all-natural, preservative-free topical ointment or cream to lessen irritation and itchiness caused by eczema. Check with a skin specialist for the best results.

There are numerous causes of eczema, it may be genetics, environmental (insect bites, allergens, etc), close contact with an individual with eczema, or underlying health concerns. Call a Healthsprings Singapore Medical and Aesthetic doctor for an assessment today.

A good hygiene routine may stop the spread of eczema. Washing your hands and avoiding touch is a good step to avoid contamination. Regularly putting in your eczema treatments are a good way to clear up any patches of irritation. These are recommended by an eczema specialist from Healthsprings Singapore.

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Healthsprings was established in 2000 with its first medical clinic located at Bukit Panjang. In 2001, the company ventured into the medical aesthetic field and has become one of the first Singapore-based clinics to offer Lasers, Peels, Fillers, Botulinum Injections and other aesthetic services. In 2008, Healthsprings Laser and Aesthetic is opened in Orchard Road and has been known to specialise in different aesthetic procedures for the skin, face, body, and hair.

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