Eczema is a skin condition which causes your skin to become inflamed, itchy & reddish. Presently, there are 7 types of eczema which affects millions around the globe.
Fret not, the symptoms of eczema CAN be treated & future flare-ups can be PREVENTED!
While eczema may not be contagious, it does affect the overall skin health & our emotional well-being.
Your very first step is to seek a consultation with an accredited dermatologist as they’ll have a thorough understanding of eczema. We’ll use a 2-pronged approach: Alleviating the symptoms & prevention of future flare-ups.
The first yet crucial step is for our dermatologists to identify the type(s) of eczema you’re suffering from with pinpoint accuracy. Different types of eczemas have varying trigger factors & requires different specific creams/medications/treatments.
An inaccurate identification will lead to ineffective treatments!
The 7 types of eczema
Did you know there are 7 types of Eczemas & anyone (child, adult & old age) can have a form of Eczema? There are various triggers such as dry skin, humidity, contact with certain metals & even inheritance from your family!
|Atopic Dermatitis (most common form)||Mostly children||Dry, Inflamed, Itchy & Red skin.
|Contact Dermatitis||Anyone with allergies coming into contact with certain substances||Blistering & Hives
|Dyshidrotic Eczema||Typically, adults <40 years old||Blistering
|Discoid Eczema||Anyone||Disc-shaped patches of red skin
|Seborrheic Dermatitis||Commonly in adults from 30 to 60 years old||Flaky, Itchy & Red rash
|Varicose Eczema||Generally older patients||Cracked, dry & scaly skin on the lower legs
|Asteatotic Eczema||Adults >60 years old||Pink or Red cracks
WE CAN HELP YOU!
The initial consultation is extremely important as our dermatologists will need to physically examine the rash to diagnose the type of eczema. We may also conduct a patch test to determine the potential irritants & allergens.
The Gold-Standard Treatment for Eczema: Dupixent (Dupilumab)
Dupixent is the first treatment of its kind which works from the inside which was recently approved by the Health & Sciences Authority which helps to control your moderate-to-severe eczema.
Eczema sufferers with moderate-to-severe eczema usually have an immune system which produces more inflammation than usual. Dupixent works to minimize this inflammation underneath the surface, reduce your symptoms & provide you with a clearer skin!
3 clinical trials were done with more than 2,100 patients with moderate-to-severe eczema.
In two 16-weeks clinical trials with Dupixent when used alone compared to a placebo:
Half of adult patients saw 75% improvements & some even saw 90% improvements!
Nearly 4 times more patients taking Dupixent witnessed clear skin compared to the rest taking placebos.
Patients experienced a huge reduction in itchiness, some as early as 2 weeks!
How is the treatment administered?
Dupixent is the administration of injections below your skin. The recommended dosage for adults will be an initial dosage of 2 injections (600mg) at 2 different sites, and then Dupixent is injected once (300mg) every other week at different sites.
It is extremely important to let our dermatologists know about all of your medical conditions:
• Parasitic infections
• Currently taking any types of corticosteroid medications
• Planning to receive any vaccinations
• Pregnant or planning to conceive
• Breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
Our dermatologists will also thoroughly discuss with you about the possible side effects.
Other Eczema Treatments (but not limited to):
• Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually prescribed if a bacterial skin infection happens alongside your eczema
• Antihistamines: Antihistamines minimizes the risk of nighttime scratching
• Antifungal & Antiviral medications: These will treat viral & fungal infections that happens
• Moisturizers: They work to minimize the loss of water & work to repair your skin.
• Systemic Corticosteroids: If the topical treatments are ineffective, we may prescribe systemic corticosteroids. These are either consumed orally or administered via injections.
• Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors: These drugs are meant to suppress your immune system’s activities. It helps to prevent flare-ups & minimizes inflammation.
• Topical Corticosteroids creams & ointments: These anti-inflammatory medications are applied topically to relieve itchiness & skin inflammation.
• Wet-Wrap Therapy: This procedure involves the topical application of the specific steroid cream & moisturizer. Next, your skin is wrapped with a layer of open-weave tubular dressing which is moist. This treatment aims to dramatically reduce itchiness & rashes.
We’ll also provide personalized tips on how to prevent future occurrences of flare-ups. Contact us now to manage your eczema effectively!