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Conditions We Treat

Emergencies (available 365, 24/7)
  • Cuts (e.g. from kitchen knives, pen knives, bicycle chains, falls etc.)
  • Burns (e.g. from hot water, ironing clothes, cooking stove and ovens, etc.)
  • Wounds (e.g. animal bites, blood clots or infections in the fingers or toes that may need to be drained)
Non-Emergencies (scheduled appointments)
  • Acne (e.g. steroid injections, subcision)
  • Lumps (e.g. skin lump, mole removal)
  • Skin, Nails (e.g. dermaplaning, ingrown toe nail removal)
  • Steroid injections (e.g. hypertrophic or keloidal scars, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, wrist or elbow pain)
  • Wounds (e.g. simple & complex (such as VAC, stoma) dressing changes, stitch removal)

What Should You Do If You Have a Cut?

A cut, also known as a laceration, can result from various injuries such as a fall, or when the skin gets sliced by a sharp object such as a knife or sharp table edge, dog bite etc. Commonly affected areas include the forehead, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, fingers, hand and legs. As the skin splits open, deep fatty tissue (yellow) and muscles (dark pink, like raw tuna) may become exposed, and are at risk of infection. When this happens:  
 
  • Stay calm
  • Rinse the cut with water then apply direct pressure with a tissue paper or cloth over it for up to 5 minutes to stop bleeding (if any)
  • Apply a plaster to tape up the cut
  • Contact us by WhatsApp (click on icon to the right of the screen)
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What Should You Do If You Have a Burn?

Generally, there are four types of burns which can happen from contact with anything that’s hot i.e. boiling water, hot tea or coffee, soup, kitchen stove or baking oven, iron, steam from cooking etc.: 

  • 1st degree – red & painful (like a sunburn)
  • 2nd degree
    • superficial – red, blister & painful
    • deep – white, swollen, less painful
  • 3rd degree – white and charred, skin appears leathery with minimal to no feeling
  • 4th degree – fat (yellowish) and muscle (dark pink, like raw tuna) exposed
 
1st and 2nd degree burns are most common and we are able to treat most 1st, and small 2nd degree burns at home. When this happens:
 
  • Stay clam
  • Remove yourself from the source of burn
  • Rinse burnt area under running water for up to 20 minutes
  • If the finger or hand is affected, remove any rings or watches as the burnt area may swell up later
  • Do not burst any blister that forms
  • Contact us by WhatsApp (click on icon to the right of the screen)

What Should You Do If You Have Ingrown Nails or Infection of the Fingers/Nails?

These tend to develop after cutting the nails incorrectly i.e. curved rather than straight. As a result, the nail tends to grow into the skin, causing persistent discomfort, pain, irritation and eventually, infection, sometimes with pus. Occasionally, the nails may be affected by fungal infections and will require long-term antifungal treatment (e.g. terbinafine for 12 weeks) instead. Otherwise, the various treatment options include:

  • soaking in warm water 3-4 times/day
  • painkillers (e.g. panadol, ibuprofen)
  • antibiotic cream or tablets

Should your nail problem continue to bother you despite the above, then the root of the problem likely lies with the nail itself. This would require a minor surgical procedure to drain any abscess that has formed (because antibiotic medication cannot get through to the infected area) and additional nail removal or trimming (esp for toes) may be required. Please email or contact us by WhatsApp (click on icon to the right of the screen) and we will advise you on the next most suitable course of treatment.

When Should You Consider a Steroid Injection?

Depending on the underlying problem, a steroid injection helps “calm” down the affected area and can do wonders in reducing inflammation and the pain you are experiencing.  

A steroid injection can be considered for:

  • stubborn acne spots and raised scars
  • persistent pain and/or discomfort of the hand (e.g. trigger finger), wrist (e.g. carpal tunnel) and elbows (e.g. golfer’s or tennis elbow)
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Oftentimes, patients have had to put up with the discomfort of such ailments for months or even, years simply because of a misunderstanding of steroids. It is overall, a very safe and effective treatment that can be repeated (a number of times) if necessary, and brings much relief and patient satisfaction over the next few days following injection. Why go to the polyclinic or GP only to be referred again for an appointment with the specialist, which can take another few weeks or months even? Please email or contact us by WhatsApp (click on icon to the right of the screen) for a free evaluation to determine your suitability for a steroid injection. 

When Should You Consider Removal of a Lump?

Lumps can develop all over the body. They can be due to a growing cyst in the skin, from the joint (usually due to a previous injury), or a mole etc.

Removal can be considered should the lump develop the following:

  • increase in size
  • pain or discomfort
  • of concern to you

The vast majority of lumps can be removed safely without nasty surprises. However, in this day and age, our belief is to send off all excised lumps for laboratory testing and confirmation to provide you with absolute reassurance. To this end, we have successfully negotiated with our partner laboratory service to provide a discounted price for our patients. Please email or contact us by WhatsApp (click on icon to the right of the screen) for a free evaluation to determine if your lump can be removed safely at home.  

Location:

In the comfort of your own home

Contact Us:

WhatsApp call: +65-8930-6137
Email: doctorstitchsg@gmail.com

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