Hay Fever is also medically termed as rhinitis. It can be divided into Allergic Rhinitis and Non-Allergic Rhinitis.
Your body’s natural reaction to pokes, cuts, and trauma to your skin is to heal. On most occasions, skin injuries heal up without any problems. However, in some cases, these minor injuries can cause unsightly, painful, and somehow itchy scarring.
Fortunately, most scars get smaller and ultimately fade with time – but for some people, the skin can somehow overreact to the injury, resulting in the formation of scars that are relatively thicker compared to the initial wound.
These are known as keloid scars.
Keloid scars that are fairly irregular and thick rarely disappear on their own; removal warrants treatment.
Keloids are usually diagnosed during a normal clinical examination.
Unfortunately, the treatment of keloids can be quite difficult. There is no magic pill or ointment that can easily and safely eliminate them.
Note: Your keloid scars might return even after successful treatment.
However, this does not mean that you should avoid keloid treatment entirely, especially if your keloids bother you.
At your consultation, you’ll likely be asked some important questions, including:
Answers to these questions will not only allow us to provide the best mode of treatment that meet your needs, but also help you manage your expectations in terms of results.
Based on the severity of your keloid scarring and your expectations, our doctors will recommend one or a combination of the following:
|Corticosteroids and other medications|
|Silicon gels and sheets|
It’s important to note that treatment takes time and will often involve your doctor trying various treatment techniques or a combination of treatments. Our healthcare professionals always recommend and subsequently prescribe a combination of at least two modes of treatment, ensuring our patients get the best possible results.
Generally, keloid scars develop due to burn injuries, acne scars, surgical scars as well as infected wounds. They are not contagious; benign and noncancerous. Sometimes, however, a keloid will resemble a skin growth – your doctor will conduct a skin biopsy as part of your diagnosis requirement. A skin biopsy is a simple test that involves the removal of a sample of your skin and observing that sample under a microscope.
Research reveals that those who have had keloids before, or have a family history of keloids have a greater risk of developing them. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to minimize your chances of developing a keloid scar, including:
Checking the skin or nail lesion with wood lamp involves shining a hand-held wood lamp device on the area of concern by your physician.
Cryotherapy or colloquially known as ‘cold therapy’ is a procedure that uses liquid nitrogen to deliver freezing cold temperature locally to destroy and remove abnormal skin lesion.
Electrocautery is a bedside procedure where your doctor will use an ‘electric pen’ to deliver high frequency electric current onto the skin to generate heat in order to stop bleeding or remove abnormal skin cells
A steroid injection is simple bedside procedure where your doctor will inject minute amount of steroid onto the skin.
Skin cancer screening is usually performed by your physician using a dermatoscope. Dermatoscope is a medical magnifying glass that allows your physician to visualize the size and shape of the mole that you are concerned of.
Fungal scrape and bacterial culture tests allow physician to confirm or debunk fungal/bacterial diagnosis of skin condition
Skin tags are benign. They are also known as acrochordons medically. They are small, soft overgrowth of the skin commonly located among the face, eyelids neck, armpit, groin, breasts and buttock folds.
An excision biopsy is a bedside procedure where your doctor uses a surgical blade to remove the entire skin lesion under the use of local anaesthesia.
A shave biopsy a bedside procedure where your doctor uses a surgical superficial shaving blade to remove the skin lesion under the use of local anaesthesia.
A skin biopsy, or punch biopsy, is a bedside surgical procedure where your physician will use a small knife ‘puncher’ to obtain a small skin sample under local anaesthesia.
Herpes zoster, commonly referred to as shingles, is a painful blistering rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus— the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common chronic inflammatory condition of the skin. It is categorized as a type of chronic eczema, affecting the body area that has more sebaceous glands. characterized by red, greasy scaly patches.
Living in a hot humid climate of Singapore, fungal infection of the skin is common. The fungus thrives and favors body areas that are moist and warm such as the armpit, breast folds, groin, buttocks, feet, toes or even nails.
Eczema is a common inflammation condition of the skin. Although eczema can occur any time in one’s life, it typically starts presenting when one is a child.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It is a common skin disease that can affect 1 in 50 people.
Nearly 20% of people will get hives at some point in their lifetime. While they may not be life-threatening, hives can potentially cause both physical and emotional issues, particularly if they occur frequently.