Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) is the rebound phenomenon experienced by Topical Steroid Addicted (TSA) patients when TS application is ceased.
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, growth suppression, adrenals suppression (Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression), loss of appetite, loss of sex drive, fatigue, depression, heightened allergic sensitivity to food and environment, glaucoma, hyper tension, Cushing’s disease, hypocalcemia.
These TSW symptoms lessen in intensity, severity and duration over time. Rebound flares of severe intensities are noted to have occurred in later stages of the recovery periods.
The range of recovery period varies widely, ranging from a few months to a few years. It varies due to the differing periods and circumstances of TS usage (of various potencies, total TS area applied, duration, dosages) as well as the differing healing methods used by TSW sufferers
No one knows the exact methods to optimize and speed up the healing process. It is known that with time and complete cessation of TS usage, complete recovery is achievable.