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Most children may have a skin condition at some point in time. Common childhood skin conditions include eczema, urticaria, ringworm, warts, molluscum contagiosum and insect bites, all which can be treated safely and effectively.
Dr Emily Gan, Consultant from the
Dermatology Service at
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), a member of the
SingHealth group, will address your questions about common childhood skin conditions.
This forum is open from
1 July to 27 July 2019.
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15 year old with eczema in legs. what is the recommended treatment? usual creams etc precribed by GP not working
Answered by Dr Emily Gan, Consultant with the Dermatology Service at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH)
Eczema is generally managed with frequent use of moisturisers, use of gentle cleanser for shower and topical anti-inflammatory medications such as topical corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors. There may be several reasons why the creams which have been prescribed are not working, including inadequate amount or duration of application, inappropriate strength of medicated cream, persistence of eczema triggers, etc. I would advise you to bring him to seek further assessment with a dermatologist.
Posted by Lew PS (Republished by Forum Admin)
Can you recommend me where can I purchase the non-steroidal creams for my daughter's eczema treatment? Which brand?
She is 5 years old now.
If you are referring to moisturisers, they are non-prescription items and are available over-the-counter in hospital or retail pharmacies. It is prudent to choose a moisturiser that does not contain fragrance and generally, it is better to choose creams or ointments over lotions for a child with eczema. Most importantly, choose a moisturiser which your daughter will accept and allow you to apply generously and frequently.
If you are referring to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicated topicals such as Tacrolimus or Pimecrolimus, these are only available with a doctor's prescription. Therefore, I would advise you to seek a dermatologist’s advice and assessment regarding the need to use these topicals.
Posted by Hazel (Republished by Forum Admin)
Hi morning Dr Emily,
My 6 months boy has got eczema over his neck and face area.
I tried using silver gel argasol, coconut oil (Tropicana) and ezerra plus. However, it flares on and off, causing discomfort and redness all over the region. What can I do to help him with his condition?
It is common for children to have eczematous rashes on the neck and face area during infancy. It can be due to a combination of reasons such as genetic inheritance of eczema tendencies, irritation from saliva or sweat and in your case, the use of silver gel or coconut oil may induce more irritation or perhaps contact allergies.
I would advise you to keep the affected areas dry, i.e. use a smooth cloth to gently dab away any drool regularly. Stop using the silver gel and coconut oil. Use a fragrance-free moisturiser to the area frequently (every few hours) and if the redness does not subside or if the rashes turn oozy, please bring your son to a dermatologist for an assessment so that appropriate anti-inflammatory treatment can be given and the possibility of fungal infection can be ruled out.