I am so thrilled to share that my blog has been voted in the Top 10 Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) blogs by Feedspot. What is topical steroid withdrawal? If you're new to this blog you might not have heard of TSW, it's an intragenic (caused by medication) condition that can affect anyone who uses topical or oral (the name it's quite cutting it here) steroids, and … [Read more...]
Did Covid cause asthma and eczema flare?
Well, it finally got me! After managing not to catch Covid-19 through the whole pandemic, my body finally succumbed. Many people have begun to forget about Covid now; it's a bad dream, a distant memory, not a concern any more. Certainly since government advice is that we don't even need to test or isolate any more, it seems like Covid might be on the way out. Worried … [Read more...]
Paraffin is the worst thing for eczema
Paraffin emollients are the first line of treatment for people with eczema. Nearly all mainstream emollients prescribed or recommended for people with dry eczematous skin contain predominantly paraffin. Look at your tubs and tubes and they will all be high in paraffin wax or other derivatives. If you have eczema, atopic dermatitis or psoriasis you will doubtless know the … [Read more...]
You have no right to my personal healing story
Going through topical steroid withdrawal these past few years has taught me so much. It’s been very hard to go out into the world with a face that doesn’t look like anyone else. It’s shocking and dramatic and I don’t blame people for noticing but I do hate it when people feel they have a right to my story. If you’ve ever said something and wished you could retract it, hit … [Read more...]
What if I never heal from TSW? Long Haul Hell!
Going through topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) is hands down the hardest thing I've ever decided to do. I was going to write 'done', but it's not done yet. At nearly 4.5 years in now I'm still experiencing TSW symptoms: I can handle the rest of my body because I can cover, bandage and hide it much more easily. The face is often the worst affected area in TSW It's … [Read more...]