The Story Behind the Experiment
After one year struggling with our daughter's eczema, I never questioned doctors or medications, specially when the prescribed topical steroid creams were the only ones that improved the condition quickly.
We came up with the idea of Topical Steroid Addiction, after reading an article called 'Understanding Eczema' from the New York Times blog website, on which one of the readers claimed the following:
"...eczema was only a childhood illness before the 1950's (before steroid creams were introduced). With topical steroids, children started carrying their eczema into adulthood because at some point turned into an addiction to the steroid cream. "
Then, we did our own research and we found ITSAN.org, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of Topical Steroid Addiction. This website provides useful information for those who want to stop using steroid. The testimonials are heart wrenching and give hope specially for those who have been brainwashed by doctors that there is no cure for eczema.
According to Dr. Rapaport and Dr. Fukaya, the premiere doctors about Topical Steroid Addiction, by stopping topical steroid creams, patients can become fully cured. The healing time will depend on the strength of the steroid, the length of application, the site treated, and the nature of the skin problem.
Why we considered it was a Topical Steroid Addiction
First of all, because our daughter used topical steroids for months and every time we stopped using the medication her eczema was uncontrollable. We already did the allergy test on her and even with a dairy free and egg free diet, she still has severe eczema.
All testimonials emphasizes that the first three months are like hell: not sleeping at all, lots of crying and discomfort.
Symptoms vary depending the age of the patient. According to ITSAN.org website, some of the most common symptoms during the withdrawal process are:
- Red Burning Skin
- Intense itching
- Swollen Body Parts
- Oozing skin
- Hives in new places
- Dry, plastic feeling skin
Since the skin oozes in this period, you have to be cautious about infections and hygiene factors.
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