Understanding The 5 I's Of Eczema
Her World Malaysia|January 2019

Nadhirah Othman speaks to a dermatologist and gets to the bottom of how you can manage one of the most talked-about skin conditions.

Nadhirah Othman

INHERITANCE

Since eczema patients have dry skin, the first aim would be tackling dryness. It’s important to include bath gel in your routine, followed by a moisturiser that doesn’t contain any fragrance and preservatives. Skincare products should be noncomedogenic as well.

ITCH

When your skin gets too dry, it’ll start to itch. And when it itches, you’ll start to go bonkers and scratch the affected area – the cycle never ends! “It’s hard to tell patients not to scratch,” says Dr Peter Ch’ng, a consultant dermatologist at Gleneagles Hospital and Peter Ch'ng Clinic. He recommends taking oral antihistamines to reduce the itchiness. There are no side effects and they’re non-sedating – safe even for pilots on duty.

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