The same medication may not cause any reaction to a person, yet may cause unforeseen allergic reactions to another person.
A steroid injection is simple bedside procedure where your doctor will inject minute amount of steroid onto the skin. As steroid possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties, when used for suitable skin conditions, it helps with aesthetic appearance of scar and promotes hair growth
Steroid injection on keloid scars allow flattening and shrinking of the scars, this allows better scar appearance overtime
In hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata, steroid injection accelerates hair regrowth.
In autoimmune conditions such as alopecia areata, the hair loss is secondary to inflammation from immune cells over the hair follicles. By administering steroid intralesional over the superficial skin surface/ hair follicles, the local inflammation can be dampened, and this promotes hair regrowth overtime.
New hair growth can be noticed within 4-6 weeks after steroid injection, though results may vary depending on the patient’s response to the injection.
As cyst-nodular acne can take weeks to resolve and they can be very painful. Steroid injections allow a potent anti-inflammation steroid to be administered directly to the acne lesion, leading to rapid reduction in pain, swelling and inflammation. The shot helps improve cystic acne within days.
Depending on individual skin response, some patients may need repeated session ranging from monthly-6 monthly.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well as the injection needle used is small and suitable for superficial skin lesions. If you have reduced pain threshold, do inform your doctor as there are various clinical methods such as distraction methods, numbing cream, cold therapy to minimize pain.
Common immediate side effect over injection sites includes:
Longer term side effects over injection sites may include:
Yes, often local superficial steroid injection is used to thin and shrink down the size of a big (hypertrophic) scar or the excessive scar tissues such as keloids.
As the effect may wear off after 30-40 days, your doctor usually will follow up on your progress. Depending on the skin condition, and individual response to steroid injection, your doctor may advise you to consider a repeat injection session in 2-3 months time.
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
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.
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.