14 Sep '18, 11am

Half of eczema sufferers in Singapore have condition for life, survey finds

Half of eczema sufferers in Singapore have condition for life, survey finds

SINGAPORE - Half of eczema sufferers in Singapore have the skin condition throughout their lives, a study has found. Researchers surveyed 681 people and found that 21 per cent of children and 11 per cent of adults have eczema. Hot weather, dusty environments and physical exercise are the most common trigger factors. "This study is significant because for the first time, we have population-based figures for adults and the elderly," said Adjunct Professor Steven Thng, a senior consultant dermatologist at the National Skin Centre (NSC). "Previously, we only had data for schoolgoing children." He added that such information will help the healthcare sector plan ahead and commit resources to treat, research, and prevent such conditions. The study was carried out by the NSC in 2015 and the results have been published in the British Journal of Dermatology. On Friday (Sept 14), Pro...

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