Topical Steroid Withdrawal: The Ultimate Guide & Resource Page

Topical steroid withdrawal occurs when a patient ceases the application of topical steroid creams on their skin. When this happens, the patient undergoes a withdrawal process which affect his or her physical, psychological and hormonal systems.

Before we go deep into the nitty gritty, here are some key resources to put this topic in context. (and to give it some legitimacy)

Research and Resources on Topical Steroid Withdrawal

  • Albert M. Kligman Steroid Addiction

    Dr Albert M. Kligman

    Paper titled “Review: Steroid Addiction“. This paper provides a great general review on the adverse effects of topical steroids. The paper talks about studies that show some insight into the mechanism of steroid rebound phenomenon. The paper concludes that such steroid rebound phenomenon (what we call as Topical Steroid Withdrawal) can occur in any chronic dermatoses which has been under long term treatment with topical steroids. This is the paper to read if you are prescribed with any types of topical steroids.

  • Paper titled “Adverse effects of Topical Glucocorticosteroids. This is another extensive paper used to describe the potent adverse effects of topical steroids – Causing Atrophic changes, infections, ocular changes, pharmacologic effects and miscellaneous changes. More details are written in this paper. If you have been using topical steroids for a long period of time, some pictures contained in this paper will resemble “eczema” symptoms and may shock you into realization that your skin problems could be due to the effects of topical steroids themselves.
  • marvin rapaport red skin syndrome

    Dr Marvin Rapaport

    Paper titled “The red skin syndromes: corticosteroid addiction and withdrawal. This paper has colored pictures to describe some of the withdrawal effects patients go through upon topical steroid withdrawal. This paper also studies the levels of Nitric Oxide in affected patients, concluding that affected patients has a higher NO level compared to normal healthy individuals. NO levels subside after long periods of withdrawal, correlated with a progress in their skin condition. Another definitive paper on how topical steroids can be the sole cause of your skin problem.

  • Paper titled “Corticosteroid Addiction and Withdrawal in the Atopic: The Red Burning Skin Syndrome. This is probably where the term “Red Skin Syndrome” is first coined by Dr Rapaport in this paper. This paper discusses on what actually happens when patients withdraw from topical steroids – a general red burning sensation developing over areas where steroids have been applied, as well as those body areas that had not been in contact with topical steroids as well. Recovery periods range from 1-30 months in this paper.
  • Paper titled “Eyelid dermatitis to red face syndrome to cure: Clinical experience in 100 cases. This paper follows Dr Rapaport clinical experience on patients who has used topical steroids on their face/eyelids over a prolonged period of time. Similar complications occur during topical steroid withdrawal.
  • Paper titled “Complications of topical hydrocortisone. This paper discusses the usage and (adverse) effects of one of the most common topical steroids – hydrocortisone. Key takeaway is that these topical creams are not without risks. They may result in complications that make your skin symptoms worse. Their atrophy effects do not always complement the anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Paper titled “Rational and Ethical Use of Topical Corticosteroids Based on Safety and Efficacy. This paper calls for the appropriate prescription and usage of topical corticosteroids due to the severe adverse effects when topical steroids are not used correctly, which may lead to cases of topical steroid addiction and withdrawal.
  • Paper titled “Topical Corticosteroid0induced adrenocortical insufficiency: clinical implications. The abstract alone provides emphasis that topical steroid creams must be used carefully in order to prevent potential systemic adrenal suppression effects.
  • Powerpoint titled “HPA Axis Suppression and Cutaneous Effects. This series of slides show the possible correlation between HPA Axis Suppression with the use of topical steroids. The key takeaway is that not only topical steroids have severe atrophic damage on our skin, they can also affect our hormonal system that could result in severe systemic health problems associated with HPA Axis suppression.
  • Powerpoint titled “Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Suppression Following Topical Corticosteroid Administration“. A good discussion on the mechanisms of HPA Axis damage through the systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids. The slides highlight the difficulty in attributing the diagnosis to the usage of topical steroids, and there is a need to monitor patients through regular hormonal testing.
  • Article titled “Adrenal Suppression From Topical Corticosteroids Surprisingly High. This article highlights the fact that topical corticosteroids have the potential to cause adrenal suppression. Careful use of these drugs must be exercised.
  • Article titled “Topical corticosteroid addiction may be to blame when ‘rash’ defies treatment. This short article calls for the awareness of differential treatment required for persistent dermatitis. Attention is also given to the role of Nitric Oxide with the vasodilatation effect from topical steroid withdrawal.
  • Letter titled “Juvenile pustular psoriasis associated with steroid withdrawal syndrome due to topical corticosteroid. This letter highlights the possibility that pustular psoriasis could be associated to the withdrawal of topical and system steroid therapy. Symptoms described in steroid withdrawal syndrome are also similar to symptoms of pustular psoriasis. My key takeaway from this is that skin diseases that require different discrete forms of treatment may manifest themselves to look very similar to each other. This is a major problem in the field of diagnosis and treatment.
  • Book titled “Steroid Addiction 2010 – I’d like to request the Japanese Dermatological Association to remedy its guideline for management of atopic dermatitis. This book is a translated from the Japanese version written by Dr Fukaya, another prominent doctor in the field of topical steroid addiction and withdrawal. It is 35 chapters worth of quality information and discussion on steroid addiction: research, hypothesis, mechanisms, guidelines, law suits. It is a must-read resource for those who would like to know more about topical steroid addiction and withdrawal.
  • Youtube Video titled “Q & A about Red Skin Syndrome: Corticosteroid Addiction and Withdrawal by Dr Marvin Rapaport“. A 17 minute video that discusses on the differences between atopic eczema and steroid-induced eczema, the symptoms of steroid withdrawal, recovery time, and his general clinical experience dealing with steroid-induced conditions.
  • Blog titled “Dr. Fukaya’s Blog about TSA. This is Dr Fukaya’s personal blog. It has commentaries on topical steroid addiction and withdrawal. He shares his knowledge and hypothesis on the mechanisms of how topical steroid interacts with the body through his medical experience and knowledge. One of the authority figures in the field of steroid addiction.

What do we know about Topical Steroid Withdrawal from these resources? A summary of findings:

Topical steroid creams have side effects in that they can cause atrophy (physical damage) and destroys the barrier function of the skin. Upon withdrawal of the drugs, a rebound phenomenon is generally observed. Severity and duration of rebound phenomenon (topical steroid withdrawal symptoms) post withdrawal is dependent on the overall duration, potency, frequency of topical steroid creams used.

Rebound phenomenon may appear on body areas not previously exposed to topical steroid creams.

Secondary damage to the body can come in the form of systemic HPA-axis or adrenal suppression.

The exact mechanism of topical steroid addiction and withdrawal process is still not entirely known. There are a good number of hypothesis described in Dr Fukaya’s book that could possibly explain the mechanism. However, nothing concrete has been medically established thus far.

Certain physical/skin/blood markers are definite: NO levels and IgE (and therefore correlated inflammatory markers like Th2 cytokine) levels are higher than healthy controls in TSA patients.  Application of topical steroids reduces langerhans cells . Skin cortisol levels may be suppressed due to topical application.

Extra caution has to be exercised when using topical steroid creams, given the risk of their adverse side effects.

Why do people decide to go through withdrawal?

Simply because nothing offered by conventional medical treatment – the prescription of topical/systemic corticosteroids – works any more. There are also increased awareness of this topic and increased numbers of people who have successfully recovered from their uncontrollable skin conditions by going through topical steroid withdrawal.

In short, topical steroid withdrawal works for people who have been dependent on long term topical steroids prescriptions.

Topical steroid withdrawal also makes sense as a default treatment procedure of steroid-induced dermatitis. When a drug is responsible for creating the mess, the cure is to stop using the drug. (If only more doctors are aware of this simple concept, many people would not have to go through the horrendous withdrawal process.)

What are the physical withdrawal symptoms?

Common symptoms experienced (and not exhaustive) are:

Burning red skin, oozing, puritus (systemic itchiness), flaking skin, dry skin, thinned skin, inflamed skin, edema, temperature dysregulation, insomnia, weight loss, hair loss, swollen lymph nodes, nerve pains, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, tachyphylaxis, photosensitisation, hypertrichosis, stretch marks.

The tricky part about these physical symptoms is that they often resemble typical rashes and eczema symptoms (but they are not). Dr Rapaport mentioned in his youtube video that vasodilation occurs in steroid withdrawal but not in atopic eczema. Less experienced doctors who have limited experience in seeing real atopic patients may have difficulty in assessing and diagnosing the skin symptoms, and thus the quality of medical treatment prescribed may be doubtful.

In my personal description of the physical symptoms – if the descriptions of Hell are true, then experiencing topical steroid withdrawal is Hell. You will experience constant inflammed skin with a burning sensation. Flare ups occur everywhere on your body. You are constantly itchy and your skin is broken, weeping, oozing. You become debilitated if you have a body-wide withdrawal.

Topical Steroid Withdrawal symptoms pictures from paper “The red skin syndromes: corticosteroid addiction and withdrawal

topical steroid withdrawal symptoms erythema eyelids and face
topical steroid withdrawal symptoms Pruritic skin due to superpotent steroids

topical steroid withdrawal symptoms eyelid dermatitis erythema

topical steroid withdrawal symptoms eyelid dermatitis with blepharitis

Topical steroid side effects from paper “Adverse effects of topical glucocorticosteroids

Steroid withdrawal and recovery pictures from Dr Fukaya’s book “Atopy Steroid Addiction in Japan

Steroid skin syndrome with Senile Xerosis

Steroid skin syndrome with Senile Xerosis

Steroid skin syndrome in nummular Eczema

Steroid skin syndrome in nummular Eczema

Fulminant pattern Facial erythema

What are the systemic symptoms?

We have established that topical steroids can affect our systemic hormonal system by affecting our HPA-Axis. From wikepedia HPA Axis page:

The HPA axis is involved in the neurobiology of mood disorders and functional illnesses, including anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, insomnia, posttraumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, major depressive disorder, burnout, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and alcoholism.

In short, impairment to our HPA Axis function will play a big part in our daily lives, from the basic management of stress, to our behaviours, to our sleep, to our way we communicate with others and so on and so forth.

This should give you enough pause and signal a red flag – that the seemingly innocent usage of topical steroids can potentially result in such lifelong systemic effects that can influence WHO and What you can become.

Is there a way to speed up the recovery? Is there an optimal recovery method?

Through my personal research and physical experimentation, it is my opinion and understanding that the recovery process can be optimized. My personal perspective and concept of recovery is this: A return to a baseline healthy physical/blood/biochemistry/physiological markers.

For example, we do know that NO and IgE levels are crazily high upon starting the withdrawal process. Then my question is “Is there a way to make lifestyle changes, so that these levels can return to normal quickly?”

As extracted from Wikepedia on the topic of Health Effects of sun exposure:

According to the experiments of Dr. Richard Weller, the skin acts as storage for nitric oxide, NO, which is released to the blood upon UV exposure.

Is there a coincidence that Dr Rapaport advises his patients to get more sun, and that empirically, many of the TSW patients in my network, including myself, reported feeling better with improved skin when they get more sun exposure?

The same idea can be made for returning our IgE levels to baseline levels. IgE is related to the broad concept of inflammation, in which there are tons of information available on the internet. General inflammation markers can be easily influenced by making lifestyle changes in our diet and through exercising.

If we can make lifestyle changes to influence or skew these physiological biochemistry markers to our advantage, then all the more we should do it, so that we can recover in the best optimal manner.

The problem we face now is that we have a limited understanding and lack of knowledge of what actually happens during topical steroid withdrawal (save for a few good resources listed above). If we can know more blood markers associated with Topical Steroid Withdrawal, we can have more options to influence them. It is my hope that with more research, we can know more interesting information on Topical Steroid Withdrawal, leverage on these new information, and connect more dots to achieve an “optimal toolbox for TSW recovery

I have written an ebook on “7 Actionable Tips For Better Skin Today” and it is available at my Eczema Magazine Portal (EczeMag.com) for free. These actionable tips are my efforts to optimize my recovery, based on my concept mentioned above. In short, it is a holistic lifestyle management on these 4 areas – diet, fitness, psychology and the environment. All you need to do is to subscribe to Eczemag.com weekly newsletter and you will receive the ebook link.

Is going cold turkey from topical steroid the best option? What about tapering off from topical steroids?

Most people I know recommend going cold turkey as the best option for their skin. Given what I have researched and through some of my reader’s feedback, I am beginning to think twice about the cold turkey option.

Suppose our goal is to shift our current state of health (some degree of topical steroid dependency) to a state of recovery. Is there a best/optimal way to do this? How do we define the best and optimal way? Is going cold turkey the fastest way to achieve our goal? Do we define fastest recovery as optimal recovery, or do we define comfortable recovery (with as little withdrawal effects as possible) as optimal recovery?

The reasons I ask this question is because when most people who are dependent on topical steroids go cold turkey, they almost invariably experience a very difficult withdrawal process – a hard landing. And so I thought, is there anyway we can achieve our recovery goal in a more comfortable way, and at the same time, perhaps faster too? Comfort and speed of recovery may not be mutually exclusive.

My idea came from my earlier mention concept of recovery “a baseline level of healthy biochemical physiological markers”. Suppose, this scenario:

Person A has some degree of topical steroid dependency, and he decides to get into better shape and wishes to stop relying on the constant need for TS application.

Instead of going cold turkey immediately, can he prepare himself first by altering his lifestyle factors so as to reduce his inflammatory markers and NO levels (and other associated markers with topical steroid withdrawal) to healthy levels. By doing so, he could and may prime his body to go through the withdrawal process, and perhaps experience a lesser degree of “hard landing”. While priming his body, he can slowly taper the usage of topical steroids, instead of going full cold turkey.

Of course, the above scenario could apply to people with some moderate degree of topical steroid dependency. There are also people who reach the point of being allergic to topical steroids and have a high dependency on them, until they can no longer tolerate the application of these creams. Perhaps going cold turkey may be a better option for this group, but honestly, I do not think that is a definitive answer.

My point is that, we should not just go through topical steroid withdrawal without considering making good lifestyle changes that can push our recovery to a more optimal manner – faster, more comfortable, less painful, less debilitating. Doing so requires more information and knowledge on this steroid rebound phenomenon.

Relevant Topical Steroid Addiction and Withdrawal Blogs

Visit this page “TSA Related Blogrolls” for a collection of personal blogs.There are plenty of bloggers documenting their personal recovery journey with pictures of their skin condition, most of them gradually improving in the absence of topical steroids.

If you would like to add your blog to this website, drop me a message!

How can I help?

Start by creating awareness and sharing information on topical steroid withdrawal and the potential dangers of topical steroids to the public. Getting people to know about this condition is a first step. Getting more doctors to acknowledge this condition will be awesome, as these people provide frontline medical care to the public. By acknowledging this condition, quality and correct healthcare options can be provided to topical steroid dependent patients.

Share this blog as well as other blogs listed in my blogroll to the public, friends, family and especially people with eczema and skin conditions that require the use of topical steroids.

Participate in my FB discussion group to learn more about this topic and generate ideas for better skin improvement.

Please feel free to share and use this resource in anyway you like. (All I ask is a simple credit link back to this original resource page. Thank you!)

I thank you for your time. All comments, suggestions, feedback and criticism are welcomed! I’ll continue to improve this page as I gather more information. Your feedback will be highly valuable in improving this resource and making a difference to the general public.

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Leslie is the founder of Say No to Topical Steroids. His interests in science, data, fitness and health form the basis of the information presented in his blog. Having recovered from debilitating topical steroid withdrawal symptoms, he is currently working on a community book project to raise awareness on Topical Steroid Addiction.

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  1. says

    Hello Leslie

    Excellent compilation of information on topical steroid withdrawal. However please note that we dermatologists use topical steroids for the treatment of many allergic disorders. I would recommend changing the title of this page to “SAY NO TO TOPICAL STEROID ABUSE”. You are also welcome to guest post (a summary with a link to this page and your short bio) on my blog: http://blog.gulfdoctor.net

    Thanks
    Bell

    • says

      Hi Bell,

      Thanks for the comment.
      The title of my page “Say No to Topical Steroids” represents a choice by consumers. If given the knowledge of all the potential side effects of topical steroids and the harm topical steroids could do, would they still say Yes or No?

      I am well aware that topical steroids have their place in medicine, but treatment should be more targeted towards treating the root causes of allergies, and not using topical steroids as a plug-gap measure which has the potential to snowball into more serious problems such as topical steroid withdrawal.

      I’d love to guest post in your blog, but I do not have the luxury of time right now. You may link to this page if you find the resources here useful in your blog!

      Rgds!

    • says

      Hi Bell,
      Most Doctors hand this stuff out like candy unfortunately. I think the naming this site is perfectly fine because the abuse is also on the Doctors. Most of them don’t and won’t even acknowledge this is real. I’ve seen this with my wife my wife over and over and over again at nauseam. When the Doctors are presented with info the medicine they are giving is causing the problem they shut down an their ego’s flare and they get all defensive with no research to back up their claim other than what they learn in School, or what the pharma company told them in a pamphlet or flawed and one sided research paper.

      Leslie, I salute you for putting this info out there. The more it gets known the better. I almost lost my wife due to this abuse and arrogance of Doctors.

      Joe

      • says

        Hi Joe,

        Thanks for your sharing.

        Yes there is a dearth of information on the long term negative side effects of using this drug. Doctors, being who they are, are only trained to preach what they are taught in traditional western medical schools. Except in the highly specialized fields (brain surgeons etc), doctors make mistakes and are not infallible too.
        I’ll expect more and more people to be aware of this condition as more people achieve informational accessibility over time.

        Do continue to spread and share this message to people you know!

        Cheers,
        Leslie

  2. Karen says

    Hi Leslie,

    I’ve glad to have found this perspective of handling dermatitis! I have had atopic dermatitis on my face for nearly a year now (and have had mild eczema on my hand for nearly 10 years) and I was already leaning towards ceasing topical steroid use, so this was an interesting read. I’ve stopped using steroid cream for a few days now, and my dermatitis has definitely spread such that there is little ‘normal’ skin left on my face. I was wondering, is there anything to do to facilitate the healing process during this withdrawal period other than just ‘wait it out’ and moisterise? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!
    Karen

  3. says

    Hi Leslie, I just found your blog while looking for more information on topical steroid addiction. It’s been 2 hours now, and I haven’t been able to stop reading! I suffered from eczema since I was 8 years old, and also went through withdrawals from steroid cream addiction. I’ve been meaning to put more effort in raising awareness on the dangers of using steroid creams for eczema, and will refer other people to your blog. Really great, solid information.

    Christina

  4. Geanna says

    I have said for a long time that topical steroids should always be tapered if a person has used TS for 1+ years, especially since my withdrawal has been so painful. My family told me to taper in the beginning but I thought I was doing the “right” thing by following what Dr. R says but I don’t anymore. Cold turkey is just too hard on the body, plain & simple.

    • says

      Yep, tapering / cold turkey should both be valid options.

      Tapering gives more time for people to sort out internal health issues in order to get our bodies into better shape prior to going full turkey.

      • Elliecan says

        Hi. I have used TS for 7 years after my last (unknowingly) TSW process. The start of the 7 years involved intensive TS use with wet wraps and some strong TS preparations. It took 4 years for my skin to improve to a ‘normal’ range. I hovered there for 3 years, gradually reducing the amount of TS I was using. My main problem areas were on my face. I wasn’t tapering intentionally, but I knew my goal was to come off them however every time I tried I would flare. Then I learned about TSW. I began to drastically reduce my TS use over 3-4 weeks. I got flares on my face and on the corners of my mouth. Then my body pretty much took over, I just couldn’t apply it any more and I stopped using them on the 15th Dec 2014. Now I am 8 weeks into this process. It’s been uncomfortable, but not hellishly unbearable. I have had a good diet for a long time. And I have been having acupuncture and tcm herbs since I decided to go thru TSW. I have all sorts of theories. But one is certainly about tapering over a 3 year period means that I haven’t had such a horrible withdrawal so far. There is more to come I am sure. Anyway. Thanks for your post. I’ll read thru the articles.

        • says

          Hi,

          Thanks for sharing your experience.
          It is good to know that yours is a similar process to tapering and the effects may not be as difficult as it is.

          Appreciate your comments and I wish you all the best in your recovery journey!

          Rgds,
          Leslie

  5. says

    Thank you for compiling this list of articles/research on TS side effects. I love your title: TSW: Ultimate Guide& Resource Page–very catchy, and the contents fully support the title. I will definitely reference it in my blog.

    Hope your studies and other ventures are going well. Thank you so much for continuing to fight the TS battle despite being fully recovered from TSW. Folks like you create change for the better.

    Rosemarie ((Brian’s mom)

    • says

      Hi Rosemarie,

      Thank you for your kind words. Feel free to use this article and share it to your friends and family. =)

      Things are going well for me and normal life has resumed post TSW. I’d love to do more if I could!
      Hope everything is going well for you too.

      Take care and stay strong

      Cheers,
      Leslie

  6. Cyril Tarrant says

    Hi Leslie, I just stumbled across your info and it is a breath of fresh air. I was on the Itsan site but got banned because I questioned the “brass” too frequently. I thought that was unfortunate and very immature. I was given clobetasol 3 yrs ago for “dry winter skin” and used it for 33 months since no doctor nor pharmacist told me that it should not be used for more than a few weeks. I started “cold turkey” on Jan 29/14 because Dr Rap said it was the only way. I suffered HELL for 9 1/2 months and finally took charge of my own situation. Dr Fukaya seems to say that oral steroids can be used to combat the effects of withdrawal so 3 weeks ago with my GP I started 50mg per day of prednisone. The effect for me was almost immediate. The first improvement was that the 24/7 itch stopped. Finally I could sleep. Now my skin is about 75% cleared up and I am staying with the pred for a few more days then tapering by 5 mg per day for 10 days to see if this will heal completely. Cold turkey quitting is BAD advice unless you have an allergic reaction. I do not know what will happen when I try to wean off but I feel that this “scientific” approach makes more sense than the “emotional” approach of screaming “quit cold turkey”, an approach promoted on Itsan. Thanks again for your very professional approach.

    • says

      Hi Cyril,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Do note that I am not medically trained and most of what I learnt, I learnt them through personal experience and thinking about the skin issues in general.

      Cold turkey is invariable a very difficult and painful process to go through.

      I believe that there could be a preparatory phase for people who intend to do TSW – thru clean diet, and plenty of exercise and sun, while they are able to, before going cold turkey or tapering of TS.

      End of the day, the idea is to get our natural “inflammatory” factors reduced, part of which is caused by the usage of TS itself.

  7. ghengis says

    I have been educating myself on the dangers of TS. I even tried going cold turkey, which resulted in a hospitalization….I am more convinced than ever that the Topical Steroids are a big part of my struggle.. I have been thinking a lot about the wisdom of tapering in dosage and potency of TS…Can you recommend a “road map” that someone might use to successfully taper off of Topical Steroid use?

    • says

      Hi Ghengis,

      My recommended roadmap before starting to taper is
      1) Fix diet to an ultra -low inflammatory one over a significant period of time.
      2) Get exercise, sunlight, and health in optimum condition.
      3) Stop moisturizer usage.
      4) Rigorously test for plausible skin allergens.

      We should be doing this before attempting to go cold turkey, or tapering off.

  8. Glenda says

    Hi, I have used topical steroids since my first year of life. I am now 55 years old and on October 1,2014 I went cold turkey with topical steroids. I am finally about 80% better,but went through absolute hell! I was in a clinic in Davos, Switzerland which was amazing. I used bepantene creme,basic creme(made by a pharmacy), gentiana violet and light therapy. I also did 4 weeks of wet wraps in the clinic which helped immensely. I now attend the clinic as an out patient to continue the uva and uvb light therapy about three times per week. I also wear cotton bands on my arms and legs and change them twice per day. I have been extremely disciplined and creme a minimum of twice per day. The entire process is very time consuming ,but worth the effort. The doctor was amazed last week at my improvement without steroids. Of course, most doctors will not recognize the topical steroid withdrawal theory. Hope this is some positive information for others. Thanks.

  9. LaPorsha says

    Bentonite clay!!! Aztec Indian Healing Clay! Bathe in it for 1-2 hours, facial/hand masks for 30mins, drink two cups of it daily. It is helping me so much with my tsw journey I can not stress how powerful this thing is in helping my body detox from the many years of corticosteroid usage! Please help me spread this message to all TSW sufferers, we should not have to go through the hell that this sickness inflicts on us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Dead sea salt baths mixed with a cup of bentonite clay is double the effective!! Spread the word and do more research if you do not believe me!

    • Ellie says

      Excellent! I have just got out of a bath where I had a bentonite clay mask!
      Definitely good! Minerals bring an essential aspect to healing for sure! Zinc is also excellent.

  10. Agnieszka says

    I would add to these comments that corticosteroids amplify risk of skin infection. PErsonally, I experience impetigo on and off in those places wherei applied strong steroid bethamethasone. Has anyone suffered from ulcers after using topical corticosteroids?

  11. Marie says

    Do you know of any topical nitric oxide inhibitors? Since high levels cause much of our problems it would be nice to have something we could apply to our skin to decrease it.

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