60-year-old gentleman, carried a decade-long burden of eczema which began on his arms and legs, a relentless itch that seemed never-ending. Initially, he sought relief from conventional medications at GP office. For a while, the eczema receded, only to return with a vengeance once the cream’s magic wore off. Frustration set in, and he decided to brave an injection at dermatologist office, hoping it would be the key to lasting relief. Yet, there was relief, but it was short-lived too. His hope shattered, refusing to yield to the medical interventions.
Despite the persistent rash and unyielding itch, he soldiered on, embracing life with unwavering determination. As the years swiftly passed, the eczema intensified, his feet, now bearing the brunt of this relentless skin condition, became a battleground. It was then, in the midst of despair, that he found his way to our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dermatology clinic.
On examination, widespread eczematous papules and plaques presented on his face, arm and trunk, accompanied by scaly patches and lichenified plaques on his feet and ankles. Despite having no atopic family history or existing illnesses, his eczema had progressively worsened over the years. Patients was adminstrated with customized TCM herbal oral medicine and follow-up every 2 months of interval. He is responding well to the treatment. Remarkably, at the 4-month follow-up, significant improvement was noted, with eczematous plaques and rashes subsiding. By the 6-month mark, complete clearance was achieved on his face, arms and trunk, accompanied by the absence of itchiness. The patient did not return for further consultations after the fourth visit, but subsequent follow-up phone call revealed that his feet rashes had also cleared. The full reovery image can be obtained from our video channel.
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