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Beware of asthma, eczema flaring up, say doctors in Singapore

Posted on26 Jan 2021
"Conditions that may flare up in hot weather is atopic dermatitis, or eczema, which makes the skin red and itchy", said Dr Leong Choon Kit, a family physician at Mission Medical Clinic. He said: "Some people may be very sensitive to changes in the environment, whether it is the temperature, humidity or dust level. This can cause allergies and inflammation on the skin or compromise the immune system."

"The symptoms of eczema include skin itchiness, dry skin, cracked and scaly skin. Sweating under hot and humid weather can also trigger skin irritation in a person who has eczema, said Dr Goh. Dr Goh advised sufferers of the condition to moisturise their skin to prevent it from becoming dry.

Sufferers should also avoid wearing rough, tight or scratchy clothing as this may irritate the skin. Asthma, a condition in which the airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus, may also worsen in humid weather, noted Dr Goh. It can flare up due to triggers such as exercise or may be allergy-induced.

In extreme heat, the presence of aeroallergen such as pollen and pet dander is higher and may trigger an allergic reaction. This can aggravate the respiratory system and cause frequent asthma attacks, explained Dr Goh. The symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. "The overall health effects of a changing climate are overwhelmingly negative." - Source ST, 26/01/21

Published October 2012 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that supplementation with strains of Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium longum or Lactobacillus paracasei and Bifidobacterium longum in combination reduced the risk of developing eczema in infants [Rautava 2012]. All these key strains are in Lactokids + probiotics, thus research has shown probiotics helps to relieve Atopic dermatitis (eczema) in children.

Probiotics are indeed important and necessary for helping to control and relieve eczema.