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Q&A

July 22, 2023
Posted in Ask Dr. Glenn G. About Dry/Itchy/Eczema Q&A

Question from Amy Chong:

Hi Dr Glenn,

My doctors frequently prescribe me steroid creams. Should I continue using them?

Dr. Glenn G. reply:

Dear Amy,

Steroid creams are regularly prescribed by doctors (including myself) to help treat eczema and many other types of itchy rashes.

Topical steroid come in different strengths and preparations (creams, lotions) and it is best to discuss with your doctor who have assessed your rash regarding the dose and duration of your topical steroid treatment.

As prolonged topical steroid may cause side effects like skin thinning and skin colour changes, I would recommend regular reviews with your doctor when on topical steroid treatment.

I would usually advise my patients whom I have prescribed topical steroid, to supplement their treatment with intense and frequent moisturizing.

COOSTEAM would also be a great adjuvant therapy for eczema and itchy skin/rashes.

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Special thanks to Dr. Glenn G. for taking time out to share with us his expertise on these skin issues!

May 18, 2023
Posted in Ask Dr. Glenn G. About Eczema Q&A

Question from Raymond Ang:

Does heaty food cause or triggers eczema?

Dr. Glenn G. reply:

Dear Raymond,

“Heaty” food is a traditional concept whereby some food can cause one to have sensation of being “hot”.

These typically manifest as symptoms of warmth/fever, sore throat, thirst and sweating.

Some usually quoted examples of “heaty” food are red meat, durian, chocolate and oily/fried food.

From the western medicine perspective, food is less of a concern as an eczema trigger as compared to other environmental factors such as harsh chemicals or smoke; unless you have food allergies which could trigger eczema.

However, if certain food causes you to perspire more or dehydrate, then it’s best to avoid them to prevent eczema flare ups.

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Special thanks to Dr. Glenn G. for taking time out to share with us his expertise on these skin issues!