Eczema in paediatrics affects 25% of school going children in Singapore. It is a common skin disorder and the prevalence has increased over the years. Treatment options usually involve the use of corticosteroids in Western Medicine. Researches have shown that the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has increased widely in Singapore as an alternate treatment for eczema. The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the two different treatment options, evaluating the duration, outcome and recurrence rate of eczema in paediatrics. A selective sampling will be used to obtain a total sample size of 50 participants from 2 different clinics. A questionnaire will be used to obtain data from parents awaiting consultation at the respective clinics. The progress of each participant will be followed up for a total of 2 months. Key words: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, eczema & paediatrics.
According to the Department of Statistics, Singapore has a total population of 5.18 million people as of 2011, of which 77% are Chinese. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment is widely sought in Singapore. A survey done in 2001 reviewed that 67% of the respondents have used TCM (Ku, Tan & Li, 2001). TCM originated from China and mainly uses herbal medicines and acupuncture as a form of treatment. TCM services also have been introduced to complement conventional medicine treatment in Singapore hospitals since 2004. Lim, Sadarangani, Chan & Heng (2005) found that interest in TCM usage is increasing. Loh (2009) did a survey that showed 80% of parents admitted using TCM and conventional medicine for their children. TCM was used to treat patients with atopic dermatitis, most commonly known as eczema. Eczema is an inflammation of skin that causes a rash form with redness, itching, dryness, cracking and or bleeding. Healthcare system in Singapore is mainly western medicine based. Hence, there are issues on drug-herb...
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