Friday Dr Q&A with Prof Hugo – Hot Hazy Singapore

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: Hi, it’s sure a hot day today. Worse, it’s hazy. Something I dread because Marcie’s eczema always seem to get worse on such days. For today’s question:

I read that the sun can dry the moisture on skin. Should children with eczema avoid the sun?

Prof Hugo: Active eczema (= skin inflammation) should avoid the sun.

Marcie Mom: I noticed that whenever there’s a haze (from neighbouring countries burning forests), my baby scratches a lot more. What could be in a haze and why does it irritate my baby’s skin?

Prof Hugo: Never been proven that the haze (= a type of pollution) has effect on eczema.

Marcie Mom: Thanks! For parents looking to bring your child out, don’t forget the sunscreen. Read this post to find out what’s safe and how to apply sunscreen.

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