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Clinic Opening Hours During Circuit Breaker

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From 7th April 2020, Singapore entered Circuit Breaker period to prevent escalating numbers of Covid-19. As an essential service provider, Tham Siew Nee Skin Clinic remains open at the same operating hours. However, we have put in place additional safety measures in line with government regulations:

  • We will only provide essential medical services for urgent or acute medical problems. All aesthetic consultations will be deferred. Our receptionist may ask you the reason for your consultation when you call to make an appointment.
  • Telemedicine and refill of prescription services are available if the doctors feel it is appropriate in your case. Check out our earlier post on teleconsultation (17 March 2020) or call our clinic to enquire.
  • Our staff are taking turns to work from home. We apologise if our service is slower during this time.

We wish you good health, and stay safe during this critical period. Take care!

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What Covid-19 Looks like on the Skin

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We all know Covid-19 is a severe, respiratory virus that mainly affects the airways and lungs. The main symptoms are fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulty and sore throat. Interestingly, loss of smell (anosmia in medical terms) is also a feature of this virus. In fact, some people have no other symptoms except for loss of smell.

We know what the virus looks like under the microscope. In breaking research published by Italian researchers in Lombardy last week, we also know what Covid-19 looks like when it presents on the skin.

The researchers looked at 88 Covid-19 patients in their hospital, and found that 18 patients (20.4%) had a skin rash, including 8 patients who developed a rash at the onset of disease. The body (trunk) was the main area involved, and the rash can be slightly itchy or not at all.

Every day, we learn something new about this global menace. The day will come when we find the treatment or vaccine to rid us of this virus. Till then, all of us at Tham Siew Nee Skin Clinic hope you will stay safe and take care of your health!

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Tele-Consultation with Tham Siew Nee Skin Clinic using MaNaDr

The Covid-19 situation is evolving rapidly. Within the span of 1 week, various countries have declared “lock-downs” to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which the WHO has just declared as a pandemic.

Many of our patients are hesitant to come to the hospital. Our patients who are based overseas (eg. Indonesia, Malaysia) are facing difficulties coming for their medical appointments due to these lock-downs.

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Our clinic is pleased to partner with MaNaDr, an online Telemedicine platform, to provide teleconsultation for our patients who are unable to come to the clinic physically. You can download the MaNaDr app from their website, register, and use the Magnifying glass icon to search for Tham Siew Nee Skin Clinic, or for Dr Tham Siew Nee or Dr Koh Hong Yi to initiate a teleconsultation session.

There are pros and cons with a teleconsultation service. The convenience of seeing a doctor from your own room has to be balanced against the downsides of not having a more detailed physical examination and lack of personal touch (both literally and physically). For new patients, we would still prefer to have you at our clinic for first consultation so that we can make a more accurate diagnosis.

We hope the pandemic will be over soon. Meanwhile, please stay safe and wash your hands.

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Hand Care with Hand Sanitizers – Feature Article

Dr Koh Hong Yi was interviewed by LianHe Zaobao (the mainstream Chinese newspaper in Singapore) on 9th March 2020, for his views on skin care in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic. He has seen more patients presenting with hand eczema (dermatitis) due to increased frequency of hand washing or use of hand sanitizers. This is more common in patients who already have sensitive skin.

Dr Koh provided some hand care tips:

  • Wash your hands as frequently as needed, but do not go overboard or rub aggressively.
  • Choose a mild non-alkaline hand cleanser with moisturisers. Do not use dish-soap or hot water.
  • Dry your skin completely after washing, especially between the fingers.
  • Apply moisturisers to the hands frequently throughout the day.
  • When using hand sanitizers, select those with added moisturisers. If one has sensitive skin, avoid sanitizers with added fragrance which may cause allergy.

Dr Koh shared that our normal skin is actually slightly acidic, so a non-alkaline soap or cleanser is better for our skin. Most hand sanitizers contain alcohol, but one should not use alcohol to wash hands, or wash our hands with water immediately after applying alcohol-based hand sanitizer as this will irritate the skin.

He also advised patients with hand dermatitis to see their GP or Dermatologist, as the inflamed skin actually harbours more bacteria, and micro-breaks in the skin will allow germs to enter.

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