Skin Facts – Skin Renewal in Babies and Eczema Skin

This is the last of Skin Facts series and as we come to a close in 2015 and usher in 2016, one Skin Fact to look at is how our skin renew itself. The dermatological terms are ‘epidermal cell proliferation‘ which takes into account the turnover of cells and there are differences between normal adult, […]

Skin Facts – Lipids in Baby and Eczema Skin

This is the 6th post exploring ‘Skin Facts’ and today’s focus is on the lipids/ fats in our skin. There is distinct difference between the skin lipids of normal adult skin, baby skin and eczema skin. Let’s explore skin lipids! Types of Skin Lipids There are lipids from both sebaceous and keratinocyte/ epidermis: Sebaceous – from […]

Skin Facts – Chemicals Penetrate via Baby Skin

Many chemicals come into contact with our skin, some intentional and others inadvertently. How much chemicals penetrate our skin? What about that of a baby or those who have defective skin barrier like eczema sufferers? This 5th post of Skin Facts series explores the chemicals our skin comes into contact with. Our Skin Structure – […]

Skin Fact – How Much We Sweat vs Infants

We have been learning about skin facts and last week, we learnt about insensible perspiration – which is transepidermal water loss that we cannot control. This week we are learning about sweating, sweat glands and how sweat affects eczema skin. First, the basics: Why, How Much, Where and What of Sweating WHY – Sweating is […]

Skin Facts – Water Loss from Children and Eczema Skin

This is the third week of ‘Skin Facts’ and last week, we’ve looked into the sun protection function of children vs adult skin, and how the sun affects eczema skin. Today, we’re looking into another critical function of skin and one that is very relevant for eczema skin – our skin’s moisture retention property. One […]

Skin Facts – Sun Protection in Adult, Infant and Eczema Skin

We have started learning skin facts last week, specifically on the skin (surprise) isn’t the largest organ and that well, we don’t really know what’s in our dust. This week, we’re taking up a notch on going ‘intensive’ into the difference in the sun protection function of adult, child and eczema skin. Normal Adult Skin […]

Teledermatology – Was your Remote Eczema Skin Consultation helpful?

This is the final post of the 5-part series and today, I will try to apply all that we have learnt in the past 4 posts to eczema skin consultations. I have presented it in survey format for each step of teledermatology and look forward to hearing your experience! Before the Teledermatology Process Q1 Were you […]

Teledermatology – Advantages of Remote Skin Consultation

Last 3 weeks we have covered 3 posts in this 5-part series on Teledermatology: Different Forms of Skin Consultation Skin Images and Patient Information Shortfalls in Teleconsultation Teledermatology takes away the need to travel and meet in person with the skin specialist. This brings about numerous advantages such as: Shorter wait time – Compared to […]

Teledermatology – Shortfalls in Teleconsultation

Last week we covered a critical part of the teledermatology process – getting quality patient information and skin images (for Store and Forward). This week we break down the various steps in teledermatology and explore why each step may not work as well as in-person consultation. Face to face consultation remain the gold standard as […]

Teledermatology – Skin Images and Patient Information

Last week, the basics of teledermatology was introduced – What Teledermatology is, its different forms and patient points when getting started on it. Today, we continue with the 2nd part of this 5-part series, focusing on a central part of the teledermatology process – Skin Images and Patient Information. Much of the guidelines are obtained […]

Teledermatology – Different Forms of Skin Consultations

With many people having access to cameras and internet, teledermatology is gaining popularity with the potential of getting a dermatologist’s consultation in a shorter time (compared to a long referral wait). This 5-part series explore the numerous aspects of teledermatology, much of the information is from dermatology associations like the American Telemedicine Association, American Academy […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is rare but life threatening, caused by bacterial toxins from staphylococcus aureus. Toxic Shock Syndrome commonly affects teens and young adults, from age 15 to 35 and majority, female. What Causes Toxic Shock Syndrome? Toxic Shock Syndrome is due the bacterial infection via the skin, vagina or pharynx into the bloodstream. While it is […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Stevens Johnson Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare, severe disorder that causes pain, red/purplish skin, blisters and shedding of skin. It can be drug-induced or due to infection. It is a medical emergency and takes from weeks to months to recover. It is more common in adults or older people and men who use more of the […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Pemphigus Vulgaris

Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV) is a rare, auto-immune disease that mistakes skin cells and mucous membranes as foreign matters and attacks them. This results in blisters and sores of the skin and the mucous membranes. It is more common in middle-aged and older people. PV is not infectious. What Causes Pemphigus Vulgaris? Pemphigus vulgaris is caused by […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome

Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is one skin rash that affects children (newborn to 5 years old), caused by infection from certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The bacteria produces toxins (epidermolytic toxins A and B) that bind to a molecule within the part of skin cell (demosomes) that adhere skin cells together. The damaged desmosome cannot […]

Elderly Skin Conditions series – Asteatotic Eczema (Xerosis or Cracked Skin Eczema)

This is another 4-part series, focusing on elderly. For those of you who have been following this blog, you know I’ve been passionately persevering in bringing you information for eczema children. This month, however, I’m inspired to focus on elderly because (i) I see a desire among elderly ladies in the eczema support group meeting to care for their skin and […]

Elderly Skin Conditions series – Incontinence Associated Dermatitis

This is another 4-part series, focusing on elderly. For those of you who have been following this blog, you know I’ve been passionately persevering in bringing you information for eczema children. This month, however, I’m inspired to focus on elderly because (i) I see a desire among elderly ladies in the eczema support group meeting to care for their skin and […]

Elderly Skin Conditions series – Stasis Dermatitis (Varicose Eczema)

  This is another 4-part series, focusing on elderly. For those of you who have been following this blog, you know I’ve been passionately persevering in bringing you information for eczema children. This month, however, I’m inspired to focus on elderly because (i) I see a desire among elderly ladies in the eczema support group meeting to care for their […]

Elderly Skin Conditions series – Elderly Skin, How does Skin Age?

This is another 4-part series, focusing on elderly. For those of you who have been following this blog, you know I’ve been passionately persevering in bringing you information for eczema children. This month, however, I’m inspired to focus on elderly because (i) I see a desire among elderly ladies in the eczema support group meeting […]

Eczema Complications series – Erythroderma

This is a 4-topic series focused on complications from eczema and mainly inspired because my daughter recently had impetigo. Moreover, the potential complications from bacterial, viral and fungal infection are not very often emphasized yet a child with eczema is often vulnerable to infections. So let’s explore! Erythroderma and its Causes Erythroderma refers to generalized […]