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Eczema in Singapore

Post by OdinZA » Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:37 pm

Hi

Planning a move to Singapore but wondering what the impact of the warmer tropical climate will have on my wife's eczema. Would anyone who has moved from a cool (English or similar) climate be able to confirm if there is any adverse reaction?

Thanks.

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Post by ev-disinfection » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:24 pm

OdinZA wrote:Hi

Planning a move to Singapore but wondering what the impact of the warmer tropical climate will have on my wife's eczema. Would anyone who has moved from a cool (English or similar) climate be able to confirm if there is any adverse reaction?
Thanks.
Hi OdinZA,
Well, as you know by now, Singapore and most other South East Asian countries, have a very high humidity level and a warm environment to live in. Having said that, you have to keep your home dry, moisture free and hygienic, which is very possible in your home here. If not, mold infections will occur, and the mycotoxins (airborne) release by some of these molds, will trigger Asthmatic reactions, Conjunctivitis, Eczema outbreaks and other allergies.

Here are some things to take note of when choosing your home here:
01, Look out for leakage spots, seepage problems, moldy patches and uneven surfaces on all indoor painted surfaces (walls and ceilings),
/ parquet flooring. Usually these will be painted over by the owners, for new tenant viewing.
02, If looking to stay in a condo, try to choose a higher floor, as the treeline in Singapore is 4-5 floors high, choose a higher floor, to avoid the molds from the trees being blown in and infecting your place.
03, If renting or buying a Bungalow, semi-detached or terrace house, look at the facade walls of yours and surrounding units for bad algae and mold growths.
04, Look into all build in cabinets, for moisture stains / mold growths.
05, Look into the false ceilings through the manholes, with a good torch, look at all the pipes for liquid droplets and stains. If there is a musky smell, there would be molds around.

Hope this helps...

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Post by lavendar » Sat, 30 Apr 2011 5:07 pm

I was told that using salt on dry skin will help, because of osmosis reaction. I am not sure if this work. Maybe you can google salt, osmosis and eczema.

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Post by gk76 » Sun, 05 Jun 2011 10:04 pm

If anything I would think the humid weather would improve tthe condition as long as your wife remains cool.

There is a product that I use to get in Australia called Moo Goo - fantastic cream that has cleared up my daughters eczema - no presciption required.

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Post by nakatago » Sun, 05 Jun 2011 10:10 pm

ev-disinfection wrote:
OdinZA wrote:Hi

Planning a move to Singapore but wondering what the impact of the warmer tropical climate will have on my wife's eczema. Would anyone who has moved from a cool (English or similar) climate be able to confirm if there is any adverse reaction?
Thanks.
Hi OdinZA,
Well, as you know by now, Singapore and most other South East Asian countries, have a very high humidity level and a warm environment to live in. Having said that, you have to keep your home dry, moisture free and hygienic, which is very possible in your home here. If not, mold infections will occur, and the mycotoxins (airborne) release by some of these molds, will trigger Asthmatic reactions, Conjunctivitis, Eczema outbreaks and other allergies.

Here are some things to take note of when choosing your home here:
01, Look out for leakage spots, seepage problems, moldy patches and uneven surfaces on all indoor painted surfaces (walls and ceilings),
/ parquet flooring. Usually these will be painted over by the owners, for new tenant viewing.
02, If looking to stay in a condo, try to choose a higher floor, as the treeline in Singapore is 4-5 floors high, choose a higher floor, to avoid the molds from the trees being blown in and infecting your place.
03, If renting or buying a Bungalow, semi-detached or terrace house, look at the facade walls of yours and surrounding units for bad algae and mold growths.
04, Look into all build in cabinets, for moisture stains / mold growths.
05, Look into the false ceilings through the manholes, with a good torch, look at all the pipes for liquid droplets and stains. If there is a musky smell, there would be molds around.

Hope this helps...
Yeah, OdinZA. You should heed evdisinfection's advice. He's the local germophile. If it's microbial, allergenic, an irritant or just plain "icky", he has it---BA DUMP BUMP!

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Post by Linzie » Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:21 am

lavendar wrote:I was told that using salt on dry skin will help, because of osmosis reaction. I am not sure if this work. Maybe you can google salt, osmosis and eczema.
Yes.. Salt products help especially dead sea salt. My brother has eczema and he soaks the affected area in sea salt solution and applies dead sea mud mask. Buy dead sea products online as they're a lot cheaper as compared to the shops in Singapore. My brother buys his from a webstore in Singapore.

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Post by SaiB » Thu, 14 Jul 2011 4:36 pm

I found that Lemon Juice and Water helps massively because it causes your body to go into an Alkaline state where it fights off bacteria far more efficiently

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Post by Barri » Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:58 pm

Well coming here could change things for your wife:
In the beginning it is all getting used to changes in this climate: old makeup doesn't work properly anymore, hair frizzy from water change, face dirty (from smog?) after walking in the city, everybody wants to be white here :shock: having to find a new shampoo cause they don't sell your brand, sunblock every day, skintype changes due to weather etc

But on the upside she can look into chinese traditional medicine cause they can cure more exzema types then western medicine.
Also you have some very good doctors here.

My poor kid had rashes at the armpits that looked like exzema. Doctors advised steroids or even said it could be fungus. Nothing helped!
Then I got a new doctor (also an expert in skin stuff) and it all turned out to be rash from soap.
So now we just rub baby oil on her armpits before washing her hair with water diluted shampoo and see nothing on her skin anymore.
My doctor also solved my skin problem what the doctors back home could not do for me.

Best wishes,

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Post by yuppiz » Sun, 18 Sep 2011 5:14 pm

Supplements like probiotics and omega 3 help me a lot.

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Re: Eczema in Singapore

Post by lonewalker » Thu, 29 Sep 2011 6:24 pm

OdinZA wrote:Hi

Planning a move to Singapore but wondering what the impact of the warmer tropical climate will have on my wife's eczema. Would anyone who has moved from a cool (English or similar) climate be able to confirm if there is any adverse reaction?

Thanks.

Hi OdinZa, i have met people who has eczema. I reckon the occurring rates has gone up. Apart from climate, probably diet would be also affecting your wife condition.

In Singapore, the food here generally caters to the locals if you are talking about the hawker centres and food malls. However, as Singapore is a gourmet country, they also have foods for almost every culture. Though hunting for it in public places can be tedious.

Some creams work for some people. I think its better you seek advice from her dermatologist. Esp on climate and food allergy.

The local food here are spicy. Not sure if it would have an impact on your wife's condition.

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Post by cathystrine » Tue, 27 Dec 2011 3:11 pm

Barri wrote:Well coming here could change things for your wife:
In the beginning it is all getting used to changes in this climate: old makeup doesn't work properly anymore, hair frizzy from water change, face dirty (from smog?) after walking in the city, everybody wants to be white here :shock: having to find a new shampoo cause they don't sell your brand, sunblock every day, skintype changes due to weather etc

But on the upside she can look into chinese traditional medicine cause they can cure more exzema types then western medicine.
Also you have some very good doctors here.

My poor kid had rashes at the armpits that looked like exzema. Doctors advised steroids or even said it could be fungus. Nothing helped!
Then I got a new doctor (also an expert in skin stuff) and it all turned out to be rash from soap.
So now we just rub baby oil on her armpits before washing her hair with water diluted shampoo and see nothing on her skin anymore.
My doctor also solved my skin problem what the doctors back home could not do for me.

Best wishes,
What is the name of the doctor and where can I find him?
Cathy

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Post by MabelSoe » Sun, 22 Jan 2012 2:32 pm

There will be an impact on your wife's skin when she moves to Singapore. I am living in Singapore with eczema and whenever I travel to cooler regions or regions with lower humidity I feel much better.

Sweating adversely affects the healing of the areas with eczema and with the humidity in Singapore, there is always this layer of sticky moisture hanging on your skin. She will also have to change all her make up because the formula will not work in Singapore's weather. It will melt, oxidize and look like a layer of goo on the face. It will be uncomfortable and can worsen the eczema. If she like volume in her hair, they are no easily available shampoos for that here. She will find straightening or sleek because the weather and water does fizz up hair.

Most place are air-conditioned here so there will be a lot of going into an air-conditioned building and out into the sticky weather. This is one of the major thing that wreck havoc on eczema skin.

Basically, she will need much more than a simple moisturizer now and then to keep her eczema in check.
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Post by PrimroseHill » Sun, 22 Jan 2012 8:34 pm

My daughter has ecezma and each time she goes to Msia, her ecezema gets better considerably. We have now found a good balance.
Chinese medicine is the way to go. Some GP here do direct ecezema patients to seek chinese remedies.
There's a book written called "grow your own drugs" which I use to make the potion for my daughter and it works a treat

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Post by MabelSoe » Sun, 22 Jan 2012 9:08 pm

Where can I find the book? I googled and only found the BBC series by the same name.
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Post by Mi Amigo » Mon, 23 Jan 2012 8:25 pm

I just had a vision of someone going into Kinokuniya and asking for that book by its name. They'd probably go into DEFCON 1 mode and have the person arrested :twisted:
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