Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children (II) – Q&A with Dr Steve Xu

This is a continuation of last week’s interview with Dr Steve Xu MD MSc where we discussed contact dermatitis, the differences between irritant and contact dermatitis, the top 10 pediatric contact allergens in personal hygiene products and practical consideration of when to suspect contact dermatitis in a child. Dr Steve Xu, MD MSc is currently a 2nd […]

Topical Corticosteroid Withdrawal – Q&A with Prof Hugo

In March 2015, the National Eczema Association (NEA, in US) published a study on steroid addiction in patients with atopic dermatitis. This was by members of its task force, who looked into the evidence regarding steroid withdrawal as many eczema sufferers were asking about the steroid addiction syndrome, along with many cautioning and enquiring on […]

Eczema News – High Blood Pressure Drug teamed with Corticosteroids

One of the key side effects of corticosteroid is skin thinning – this is also known as skin atrophy. Thinner skin has increased rate of transepidermal water loss (TEWL), more fragile and prone to irritation. The skin thinning is due to decreased rate of collagen and skin cell growth. The mechanism is from the activation of […]

Rise and Shine Feature – Eczema Skin Function and Care

For the past 3 weeks, we have covered Dr Lynn Chiam’s talk ‘All about Children’s Skin’ at the Rise and Shine Expo, Singapore. Today, we are asking follow-up questions from her talk, specifically to help parents with eczema children. Dr Lynn Chiam of Children & Adult Skin Hair Laser Clinic is a consultant dermatologist who subspecializes in paediatric […]

SOMEONE Manages Baby with Severe Eczema

This is a 2013 series focused on personal journey with eczema while managing a certain aspect of life. Today, we have Lauren, whose 3 year old son has severe eczema in his first year, and shares how she manages eczema for a newborn. Lauren plays and teaches bassoon in Traverse City, Michigan. Marcie Mom: Hi Lauren, […]

Eczema Medication Series – Prednisolone

This is a series on some of the medication that I’ve collated from parents who shared in forums. For this week on Prednisolone, my baby with eczema had been prescribed a one-time 3 week reducing dosage course at about 7 month old, and it had cleared her eczema which then became manageable after the course. […]

Sharing Treatment for Eczema Children

Last Friday’s lunch sharing session with Dr Lynn Chiam was a fruitful one – the topic was Treatment for Kids’ Eczema and we had pizza and chicken wings for lunch at the NSC! The few notes shared: 1. Moisturizing within 3 Minutes After Shower This is inline with Dr Jennifer Shu’s tip here, so it appears […]

Dermatology addressed at Rise and Shine and Carnival GIVE-AWAY

I’m one of the partner bloggers for Singapore’s Rise and Shine Expo, and the neat part of this expo is that they also address dermatology (read one of the founder’s eczema journey here). Their expert panel includes dermatologist, Dr Audrey Tan, who has answered two dermatology questions on their site here. Below is an extract, do read Dr […]

Facial Eczema with Dr Lynn Chiam: What Treatment can I put on my Face?

This is a series focused on facial eczema, with the privilege of having Dr Lynn Chiam, of Children & Adult Skin Hair Laser Clinic, to help explain further the type of facial rashes, its treatment options and daily facial care. Dr Lynn is a consultant dermatologist who subspecializes in paediatric skin conditions at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist […]

Protopic – Is a Non-Steroid Cream Better for your Child?

This is a post that I wanted to write for some time because I’ve been reading parents’ differing views on whether Protopic has worked for their child. I did a quick internet search on forums, and 10 out of 14 parents said it worked, 3 mentioned it gave a stinging sensation and 1 believed it […]

Combined Approach Series – Topical Treatment

This is a 4 post series centered on ‘The Combined Approach’ that is explained in the ‘Atopic Skin Disease’, a manual for practitioners authored by Christopher Bridgett, Peter Noren and Richard Staughton (copy of book viewable by joining here). The Combined Approach uses habit reversal to stop habitual scratching in atopic eczema. Dr Christopher Bridgett has previously […]

Combined Approach Series – Habit Reversal

  This is a 4 post series centered on ‘The Combined Approach’ that is explained in the ‘Atopic Skin Disease’, a manual for practitioners authored by Christopher Bridgett, Peter Noren and Richard Staughton (copy of book viewable by joining here). The Combined Approach uses habit reversal to stop habitual scratching in atopic eczema. Dr Christopher […]

Friday Dr Q&A with Prof Hugo – Oral Steroid

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 […]

Friday Dr Q&A with Prof Hugo – Steroid Cream

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 […]

Friday Feature – Eczema Q&A with Dr. B

MarcieMom (@MarcieMom) met Dr Christopher Bridgett (@ckbridgett) through Twitter – and learnt that he had a special interest of using behavioural interventions to help people with atopic eczema. DrB trained in medicine at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, then as a psychiatrist in Oxford. He now works in private practice in London. He […]

Questions I asked Dr Sears, hosted by USAWeekend

Wow, it’s the first time I participated in a live Q&A over twitter, and I’m so glad it’s such a fruitful one answered by Dr Jim Sears and hosted by USAWeekend. A recap of all the things learnt from the one-hour Q&A will be published on usaweekend.com, I’ve listed the questions I asked Dr Jim […]

Is steroid cream safe?

In my post on “Are you suffering from Steroid-Phobia?”, I have encouraged parents to be open to using steroids under the doctor’s supervision. My baby girl Marcie has taken a one-time 3 weeks oral steroid course and has been applying steroid cream prescribed by her specialist doctor, like the o.1% Elomet Cream. A recent research […]

Are you suffering from Steroid-Phobia?

You may be fearful of using steroids, as many parents (myself included) are. The fear could partly arise due to the negative news on steroid abuse by athletes and partly due to its side effects. If you have googled steroids, you will find numerous websites ‘promising’ treating eczema without using steroids. When Marcie’s doctor put […]

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