I am 33 and have dealt with “eczema” and allergies/asthma my whole life. It was not until December 2012 that I discovered the treatment for my condition was, truly, ruining my life. I have dealt with worsening skin on my hands and face especially for years. The specialists (dozens of allergists and dermatologists) have continued to prescribe different topical steroids, often stronger each time. I had an epiphany one night in December 2012 and feel silly it had not occurred sooner, but I wondered why my hands had never improved despite using these creams and ointments for decades. I Googled “topical steroid resistance,” and the rest is history. On December 5, 2012, I began my journey through topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). My life has changed. I am trudging along, each day closer to healed skin.

I have started to improve as of January 2014 & would encourage others to check out my most recent updates, as well as my friend’s blog. He knows a lot about MW (moisturizer withdrawal) and has helped me a ton: http://topicalsteroidsurvivor.blogspot.com/


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  1. I went through the same thing! The first year of withdrawal from cortisone on my face was awful and then I did start to use protopic sparingly but enough to make life ok. NOW I don’t have to use anything and my skin is better than in my whole life.
    I did not develop a dependency on protopic at all. And I don’t think using it for a short time was as risky as suffering the itch and burn and unsightliness so I would recommend it.


  2. I am a 45 yr old woman with the exact same problems as you have. I have struggled with eczema/asthma for as long as I can remember. I am also suffering through “topical steroid withdrawal”. It’s a painful time right now as the weather is constantly changing here in Western Canada and the topical steroids were what used to give me relief (for a while anyways), but always left me begging my doctor to prescribe me something stronger. The cold weather, however, is a bonus…no longer do i get the neck sweats on the back of my neck.

    My prayers go out to anyone who suffers from this dreadful type of eczema!!


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