Dr Koh Hong Yi was interviewed by the magazine Home and Décor.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
In our clinic, we have many patients who are taking medications for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Most of these medications are immunosuppressants – medications that can weaken the immune system. Recently, one of our long-term patients on a biologic (latest targeted therapy for psoriasis) emailed us, as he is worried about catching Covid-19 when his immunity is lower than other people.
Our advice to him, and patients facing the same dilemma, is this:
The 2019 Coronavirus took many people by surprise. I first read about it on the news in December 2019. By Lunar New Year, things took a rapid turn for the worse and China took an unprecedented measure of locking down a whole province. In Singapore, the atmosphere is tense, but calmer than a week ago when shelves were emptied of rice, instant noodles and toilet paper. Every day, I see most people carrying on with their usual daily activities.
Many of our patients have postponed their appointments to avoid coming to medical centres and hospitals. Our clinic has taken measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. These include:
If you need help, do not hesitate to call or email us. Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy. Together, we will overcome.