When the immune system is activated due to the allergic reaction, inflammation occurs which results in the symptoms attributed to eczema.

The common recognised symptoms of eczema are conditions such as:

  • itch
  • rash-like appearance
  • dry, sensitive skin
  • inflamed, discolored skin
  • rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
  • crusting
  • swelling on areas of the skin

There are also actually a few kinds of eczema:

  • atopic dermatitis
  • contact dermatitis
  • dyshidrotic eczema
  • nummular eczema
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • stasis dermatitis

Recent Questions

I have eczema from using Atorrege Brightening Essence. What should I do?

Thank you for the question. You may have developed a contact dermatitis to the application of the brigthening essence. This may be due to irritation or allergy to the essence. It is important to stop using the product to prevent further aggravation of the rash. Use a gentle cleanser to wash the face and moisturize the face with a gentle moisturizer. Avoid using harsh products on the skin as this may further worsen the rash. If the rash is very bad, you may wish to see your doctor or dermatologist for further assessment.

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How to speed up the process of eczema healing on the leg? (photo)

Thank you for the question. The following steps can help to speed up the healing of eczema: 1. Use gentle soap-free cleansers and moisturise the skin regularly 2. Avoid picking and scratching at the rashes 3. Topical steroids creams will be helpful to reduce the redness and inflammation of the skin. Alternatively, there are also some non-steroid creams like topical calcineurin inhibitors that can be applied to reduce the inflammation. 4. Oral or topical antibiotics may be needed if there is a secondary infection. 5. Avoid triggers like heat and sweat and irritants.

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Recent Sessions

Skin Deep Series (Part 1): Dealing with Eczema

Ended on July 17, 2020

Dr Colin Theng, with over 20 years of experience, is regularly invited to speak at various conferences such as the World Congress of Dermatology and the Asian Dermatology Congress. He was especially interested in areas such as eczema and psoriasis and has served numerous advisory boards. Dr Theng has had extensive experience in both medical dermatology and laser surgery and upon years of practising, he has garner comprehensive experience in handling both Asian and Caucasian skin types. Dr Theng is currently serving as the President of the Psoriasis Association of Singapore and is a Councillor with International Psoriasis Council. He is also serving as a Treasurer at Dermatological Society of Singapore. His teaching achievements include the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.


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