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What Is Topical Steroid Withdrawal?

TSW (also known as Red Skin Syndrome) is a condition that affects people who have stopped using topical steroids after a prolonged period of using high potency creams. The withdrawal from steroid use affects the way the body reacts after it has become reliant on steroids to manage its inflammatory response.

Topical Steroid Withdrawal @louigi.skin

After you’ve stopped using steroid creams, you might experience:

  • Extreme shedding of skin
  • Redness on face and body
  • Oozing skin
  • Nerve pain
  • Intense skin sensitivity
  • Difficulty regulating body temperature leading to chills/overheating
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Hair loss
  • Oedema/swelling
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Dry irritated eyes
  • Decreased energy levels/extreme tiredness
  • Mood swings or depression

What Can Balmonds Do To Help?

Balmonds offer information and support, whether you’re going through topical steroid withdrawal, looking for safe long-term management strategies or wondering whether your symptoms match the condition.

Skin Salvation is a safe, effective, non-steroidal, intensively hydrating emollient that works in four crucial ways to help you manage your TSW or chronic dry skin:

  1. It is free from the preservatives, perfumes, parabens, essential oils, coconut oils, nut oils, soya, and other common irritants that can hurt so much when applied to such sore. sensitive skin.
  2. It nourishes depleted skin with the essential fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients the epidermis needs to repair and regenerate.
  3. It uses beeswax to protect broken or raw areas by providing a fine, protective barrier over the skin - like a sticking plaster over a wound - reducing itchiness and stinging.
  4. It hydrates, softens and conditions severely dry, flaking or shedding skin.

Balmonds offer information and support, whether you’re going through topical steroid withdrawal, looking for safe long-term management strategies or wondering whether your symptoms match the condition.

For more information about TSW, its symptoms and how to manage them, go to the ITSAN website.

With much gratitude to Louise King for her photographs on this page (follow @louigi.skin on her TSW journey)

Other hashtags to follow for peer-to-peer support: #thisisnoteczema #tsw #TSWFab5

Current medical advice is not to use daily topical steroids continuously for more than two to four weeks; then the frequency should be tapered to twice weekly use.

Posted on: May 08, 2019

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