Eczema Treatment & Management

Eczema Treatment & Management

DTAP Clinic (Caring & Treating Since 2005)

For many people, eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a long-lasting (chronic) medical problem characterised by periodic flare-ups and relative remission in between. Severe cases can often lead to poor quality of life due to ongoing symptoms. There is currently no cure for eczema. Regular skincare and avoidance of triggers are paramount to prevent acute flares. The main aim of medical treatment is to control symptoms.


What is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition that makes your skin itchy and red.  It occurs often in people who have allergies and other associated conditions like asthma and hay fever.  It is a relatively common, non-contagious skin disorder in both children and adults and tends to run in families.

Symptoms of Eczema

Symptoms of eczema include:

  • Intense itching, especially at night.
  • Red rashes especially on the hands, feet, ankles, wrist, upper chest, neck, eyelids; the inside bends of elbows and knees in children, and cheeks and scalp of infants.
  • small bumps that may leak fluids or crust over when scratched.
  • Skin becomes dry and scaly when it has been affected by eczema for some time.
  • Skin eventually thickens from the constant scratching and rubbing. These thickened patches often appear darker and painful cracks can develop in them.

Complications from eczema

  • Skin infections – Repeated scratching can break the skin easily, allowing bacteria, fungi or viruses to enter and cause an infection.
  • Problem sleeping – Mainly because of itch.
  • Asthma and hay fever – Not strictly a complication, they are medical conditions that often accompany eczema. May appear before or after eczema.
  • Psychological distress from having to cope with the symptoms of this chronic disease.

How to prevent flares?

  • Moisturise your skin frequently and regularly.
    Simple bland moisturising creams, lotions or ointment that do not contain fragrance or other additives often works well.  Moisturise at least 2 to 3 times a day.  Night time moisturiser is best applied within 3 minutes after a bath or shower to effectively seal in the moisture.  Apply moisturiser whenever you feel that your skin is dry or itchy to help minimise scratching
  • Take shorter baths or showers in lukewarm water.
    Try to limit bath/shower time to 15 minutes or less. 
  • Dry yourself gently.
    After bathing, gently pat your skin with a towel leaving it slightly damp.  Do not rub towel hard on skin.  Apply moisturiser or medication cream as required to your skin while it is slightly damp. 
  • Use only mild soap or non-soap cleanser when washing up.
  • Minimise scratching.
    Relief itch by moisturising your skin, applying corticosteroid creams or taking anti-histamine tablets as required. Keep fingernails short. Cover baby’s hands with mittens if he/she has eczema.
  • Learn about the triggers that affect you and avoid or mitigate them.
    For example, use a humidifier in a cold or dry environment, stick to light cotton or soft fabric clothing, avoid food that you are allergic to if you are ascertained by your doctor to have a food allergy.

We provide comprehensive testing, treatment and management for Eczema and other skin conditions. Speak to our doctors today!


Scotts Medical Center (Pacific Plaza)
9 Scotts Road, #06-06
Singapore 228210

Telephone:+65 6694 2348

Message:+65 8922 0083 


Operating Hours

Monday to Friday:
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays

Nearest MRT Station:
Orchard MRT Station

Skin Conditions We Treat

  • Skin Infection
  • Ring Worms
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris)
  • Skin Rashes
  • Allergy Testing


Teleconsult & Medication Delivery

We are offering DTAP Teleconsult. This teleconsult service allows our current patients and new patients to connect with our doctors during clinic operating hours for non-emergency consults.

After assessment and consultation, we will also deliver your medications straight to your doorstep!

Request An Appointment

Speak to our doctors about your medical concerns today.

We will only be attending to essential health concerns during the circuit breaker period.
Please take advantage of our teleconsult service to determine if your clinic visit is necessary.
We also offer a home medication delivery service.

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