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We talked about eczema/dermatitis in another article. In this article, I am going to focus on contact dermatitis.

Contact dermatitis is one of the most common skin problems in Singapore. It is a rash caused by your skin reacting to a substance it has come into contact with. We have patients coming in every day with red, itchy and irritating rashes that appear within hours.

The two types of contact dermatitis are:

eczema dermatitis

The terms eczema and dermatitis mean much the same. It basically refers to inflammation of the skin.

Eczema is one of the commonest causes of dry, sensitive skin in Singapore regardless of age group. It causes red, itchy skin which may also blister. It affects up to 10% of people at some time in their life. Without proper treatment, it can cause a lot of psychological and social distress.

 

There are two main types of eczema/dermatitis:

1) Atopic eczema

Fungal skin infections are common.  Sometimes, they are not easy to get rid of completely. Prevention is the key!

These are the 6 ways to prevent fungal skin infections:

1. Appropriate clothing

Wear clothes that fit loosely and made of breathable materials when you go out into a warm and humid environment. Fungi flourish in hot and humid weather. Wearing appropriate clothing keeps your body cool and dry, therefore preventing fungal skin infections.

Fungal skin infections are extremely common in Singapore due to the warm and humid climate. They are easily misdiagnosed and mistreated. They can cause a lot of frustrations and embarrassment due to their appearance. The truth is that fungal skin infections are not difficult to treat. These are the common fungal skin infections we see in Singapore.

ringworm

genital warts

Genital warts are small lumps that develop around the genital region and/or around the anus (back passage).

They look like solid blisters or small cauliflowers. They can appear in hands and feet too but these are different types of warts and they are usually harmless. The culprit is a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although there are over 100 types of this virus, most genital warts are caused by types 6 or 11. Warts that appear on hands and feet are caused by different types of HPV.

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