Friday Dr Q&A with Prof Hugo – Alternative Treatments

Prof Hugo Van Bever

Prof. Hugo Van Bever is the Head of National University Hospital’s Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology Department. He is also an active member of the board APAPARI (Asian Pacific Association of Paediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology) and has published more than 250 papers in national and international journals. His main research interest areas are paediatric allergy and paediatric respiratory infections.

Marcie Mom: Thanks Prof Hugo, and welcome back to our Friday Dr Q&A. Lots of parents are looking for a way to manage their child’s eczema (though a reminder that eczema is chronic, no miraculous cure) and may be willing to try ‘alternative treatments‘.

Many alternative treatments, including using natural remedies are marketed for eczema. Personally, I prefer sticking to moisturizing and appropriate use of steroid under doctor’s instruction. However, I understand the anxiety parents have when their child’s eczema hasn’t responded well to their doctor’s treatment.

What advice would you give a parent when deciding if they should try out a natural remedy? What is safe for them to try and what should they be wary of?

Prof Hugo: Only use treatment that has been scientifically proven to be safe and effective. Many alternative treatments are available, without any study and without prove of effect: don’t try them out!

Marcie Mom: Thanks, my two cents is also to check up internet, ask other parents or eczema community on twitter such as @eczemasupport, @eczemasociety, @talkeczema, @marciemom and of course, ask your doctor.

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