17 Jan '11, 10pm

Ask The Doc: Eczema runs in my family. My mother has been suffering from severe eczema for the last 20 years. Gr...

I am in my late 20s. Eczema runs in my family. My mother has been suffering from severe eczema for the last 20 years. Growing up, I did not have skin problems until recently in the past three months when I stopped breastfeeding. The skin in between my fingers feels very itchy, dry and scaly. Even after constantly applying moisturiser, it still itches. The itch can be so bad that I have problems sleeping at night. What could be the trigger, and is there a cure for eczema? What can I do about my skin problem? I am worried that the eczema will "spread" to other parts of my body and become a chronic problem, as in my mother's case. Reply by Dr Lim Yen Loo, consultant dermatologist, National Skin Centre As eczema runs in the family, it is likely that you may have a genetic predisposition to develop eczema when conditions which favour its appearance are present. The description ...

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