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Meet the Authors

Living with Eczema NLB Book Launch
Come meet Prof Hugo and I on 8 November, we’d love to meet you!

Do you have a child with eczema? Or do you, your friends, family or perhaps patients have eczema? Come meet up with the authors of the book Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers AND

  1. Hear first-hand from the Doc on Eczema and his tips on skincare and treatment
  2. Meet up with the MOM, who knows what you’re going through as her daughter Marcie had eczema from 2 weeks old
  3. Have the chance to ask them Q&A – there’s no question you can’t ask, after all half the book they authored are in the form of Q&A!

So, come on 8 Nov, Sat, 2-4pm at Jurong Regional Library. Books are available for sale at S$16, 33% discount, plus authors be around to sign!

Registration is required at

See you!

Update: Read the post-event update on eczema skincare tips from Prof Hugo here.

Bios of Authors

Professor Hugo Van Bever is from Singapore’s National University Hospital’s Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology Department. He is also an active member of the board APAPARI (Asian Pacific Association of Paediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology) and has published more than 250 papers in national and international journals. His main research interest areas are paediatric allergy and paediatric respiratory infections.



MarcieMom, also known as Mei, started blogging about eczema and helping eczema families in her unique way since 2011.  She also illustrates the book cover for this book and a children book ‘A to Z Animals are not Scratching!‘. Join her in her many efforts to make life better for families with eczema children:

Living with Eczema Book – Review the book, Spread the word, Contact your local eczema group for bulk purchase of the book

A to Z Animals children picture book – Order an e-book version for a young friend or family member

Point someone with eczema to EczemaBlues – a free, comprehensive resource covering skincare, nutrition and parenting tips for eczema children

Support – Many ways of support, via private email group, public G+ community,  and sign up for newsletter to be kept updated on eczema news and events (in Singapore).

Expert tips – If you are a board certified dermatologist, allergist, nutritionist or recognized parenting expert who have a passion for eczema children, contact Mei to offer your expertise.

Someone to Listen – If you are not sure how to help a friend, Mei responds to her tweet and comments on G+ to lend a listening ear.

Someone in need of financial help – If your friend lives in Singapore, ask him/her to request the medical social worker at hospital clinics for consideration for Eczema Financial Assistance Scheme which Mei donated to Asthma Association to set up.


MarcieMom shared 5 of the questions she asked Professor Hugo in their book in this post

Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers - the top 5 questions
The book contains many more questions MarcieMom asked, all of which were REAL, without any censorship on what can or cannot be asked!

Professor Hugo and MarcieMom, authors of the book, will be answering questions you have on the book at the GooglePlus community below


turning blues to bliss for children, teens and families

To get your question answered, you’d have to

1. Join the community to post

2. Quote the page of the book which you have question on

3. Type in your question

MarcieMom is moderating the community as +Mei Marcie and for questions that require the authors’ reply, they will be answered using +Hugo MarcieMom. We are answering your questions from our official book launch date 8 Nov 2014, for 6 months up to 8 May 2015! Send in your questions!

Buy the Book

The book has launched internationally in August 2014 and already available for sale below.

Purchase from Amazon at US$22.80 for paperback and US$49.40 for hardcover


or the Publisher (World Scientific) at S$24 for paperback and S$66 for hardcover

If you prefer to purchase the book from bookstores, the books are available in Singapore bookstores at the following:

  • Popular bookstores – All retail stores except Westgate, see full list of Popular bookstores here.
  • Times bookstores – All stores, see full list of Times bookstores here.
  • Kinokuniya at Takashimaya

Books are also available online at above stores in the image! If you have bulk order, do drop me a comment here and I’d ask the publisher to work out a deal for you.

Appreciate loads your support and your purchase, Prof Hugo and MarcieMom wrote this book with a passion to help eczema patients and families.


For those of you who owns an allergy or eczema or skincare related blog/ site, do submit your blog in the comment form below if you like to review the Living with Eczema book.

Dr Susan Huang from Dermbytes says:

This book is also helpful for patients and parents who feel alone in their disease.  MarcieMom is frank and open about her experience in taking care of Marcie’s eczema.  I found “Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers!” to be a good blend of background information, up-to-date science, and practical advice and would recommend this book to any eczema patient or parent.

Dr Susan Huang’s full review of the book here. Read also the author Mei’s interview with Dr Huang here. Dr Susan Huang is  a board-certified dermatologist at the Harvard teaching hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor of Harvard Medical School. Read her interview series on (Mei’s blog) on Parent/Patient Eczema Consultation Tips here.

Ruth Holroyd from WhatAllergy says

I just love the idea of this book. It’s not just a book with explains what eczema is and how to treat it, although it has all that too. It is an insight into a patient/doctor relationship, one where the specialist has the time and the knowledge to answer EVERY question.

Ruth’s full review of the book here. Ruth is a well-known UK allergy blogger who also suffers from eczema, more at Read more about her sharing on managing her eczema, allergies and food intolerance.

Jenny Stradling from I Have Eczema says:

book is excellently laid out and written and will be an asset to those who live with eczema and also for those who don’t but want a better understanding of the condition

Jenny’s full review of the book here and has been passionately blogging her eczema journey since 2013. Read more about her sharing on managing eczema herpeticum.

Paola Bassanese from Energya says:

The book is a useful guide to understand eczema better and focus the attention on how to make living with eczema more comfortable.

Paola’s full review of the book here. Paola Bassanese, MA IR/ES, ITEC Dip., is the founder of Energya Ltd, a company specialising in stress management solutions. Read more about her sharing on managing eczema  as a massage therapist.

Dietitian Natalia Stasenko from Tribeca Nutrition says:

The conversational tone of the book makes it much easier to read for an exhausted parent than a bunch of dry scientific articles.

Natalia’s full review of the book here.  Natalia is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. Read her interview series on (Meis’ blog) on Toddler Nutrition here.

Mom of Eczema & Allergy child, Andrea Thomas, owner of ScratchMeNot says:

True to MarcieMom form, she thoroughly dives into the science of eczema in the chapter, “normal skin vs. eczema skin”. Those particularly interested in the science of the body, skin and eczema will enjoy this chapter as it connects the dots of how & why the body responds the way it does.

Andrea’s full review of the book here.  Andrea had shared on (Meis’ blog) on Mom E-votional series: No Longer Allergic!, Someone Managed Eczema series: On Childcare and Mompreneur interview.

Mom of Eczema child, Kelly Northey, owner of Bamboo Bubby says:

This combination of clinical information, questioned and then made understandable to everyday parents is a great mix and quite unique amongst other eczema literature out there. Remembering what it was like to be an exhausted, overwhelmed eczema mum myself, I would have found this book to be a great resource at the beginning of our eczema journey.

Kelly’s full review of the book here.  Kelly had shared on (Meis’ blog) on Someone Managed Eczema series: On Returning to Work and Mompreneur interview.