Eczema and 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 This usually starts in early childhood. About 2 in 3 people with atopic eczema grow out...

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Laser treatment for pigmentation

  Beauty is about being comfortable in one’s own skin. A lot has been said about flawless skin. The truth is, it is not hard to have a pigment free skin!   Skin pigmentation is a widespread problem in Singapore regardless of age and sex, and is especially a beauty concern among women. To make things worse, they usually appear on the face. Age spots, freckles, melasma and various birth marks are commonly referred to as pigmentation. Pigmentation can have a hefty impact on the way others see us – and the way we see...

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Intrauterine device (IUD)

An intrauterine device is a form of long term contraceptive device that is inserted into the womb. IUDs are usually small ‘T’ shaped devices. It is the most effective reversible long term contraception available. Types of IUD available: 1. Copper IUD The copper IUD is able to provide long term contraception for up to 5 years. It works by damaging sperms so that fertilization is disrupted. Copper also acts as a spermicide within the uterus, disrupting the motility and viability of sperms. Besides acting as a form of long term...

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Male sub/infertility

Male subfertility/infertility. Having children can be a wonderful experience but often, getting pregnant can be a source of anxiety and stress for many couples. Even in perfectly healthy couples the chance of successful pregnancy in any given month is about 15-25%. So, many months of trying may be necessary to be successful. If there are factors affecting fertility (in either partner) then this chance drops. Here I will consider the male side of infertility. Male infertility is considered to be responsible for 20% of cases of infertility in...

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Excessive Sweating

  Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is very common. In fact, most of you know someone who constantly has sweaty palms or armpits, or whose face is drenched in sweat after a short walk to Starbucks nearby to get a coffee regardless of the weather. Excessive sweating usually happens in palms, armpits, soles and face. It can be distressing and can have serious impact on your life. Some avoid social contact with others because of the embarrassment. Some constantly appear anxious during important meetings because of sweaty forehead. There...

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