Friday, October 25, 2013

October 24th - How To Speed Up Topical Steroid Withdrawal - Recovering From Betamethasone Dipropionate Ointment USP, 0.05%

People are often under the misguided impression that topical steroid withdrawal can not be sped up and the only cure is "time".  This false assumption is due mainly to the fact that most people who have completed topical steroid withdrawal used moisturizers during the course of their recovery, and few people have attempted TSW without moisturizing.  Unfortunately, most of these people likely prolonged their suffering and recovery period by using moisturizers during the recovery process.  Very few have attempted TSW without moisturizing due to the common belief that one should use moisturizers to make oneself as comfortable as possible during the recovery, since "time" is the only healer.  However, there is now much evidence that disproves this false assumption.

Early in my own topical steroid withdrawal I found that my broken skin wouldn't heal over due to being clogged and kept "wet" from the various moisturizers I tried.  After several weeks of my broken skin staying the same I concluded my slow healing was due to the pores being clogged and the moisturizers were not allowing the skin to breathe, dry, and naturally heal, so I quit moisturizing, exposed my skin to the sun as much as possible without risking sunburn, and my skin splits and fissures healed over quickly.   It took a couple weeks from start to finish and it was brutally painful because the skin on my hands dried up like the Sahara desert, my fingers and palms were red and swollen, and my skin felt hot like I had an infection.  The skin barrier on my palms was completely destroyed from my prior prolonged and increased topical steroid use.  The intense burning, itching and nerve pain along with tightness of the skin was nearly unbearable.  I had one finger dry halfway closed and couldn't fit a glove over my right hand in the second or third day, so I soaked in a bath to soften the skin and was able to straighten my finger out without breaking the skin open.  It dried in the sun extended and I then couldn't close it all the way ugh!  That was better than being stuck closed though, at least I could get a glove back on.  But, after a couple more days of  self induced torture my skin dried over, scabs formed and fell off, and new skin was in it's place.  The relief was unbelievable.  For once I didn't have to wear gloves to guard against infection!  Yay!!  Mind you, I only decided to stop moisturizing because I felt my pain and itching could not possibly get much worse, and so did it out of sheer desperation, and the realization that it should work.  It just made sense to me after thinking for countless hours about why my skin wouldn't heal.

After my first two days of nearly 90% healed skin I applied a moisturizer again (don't ask me why I don't know) and immediately went back into a flare within hours, good lord!  It took another 2-3 weeks to heal my skin again by stopping moisturizing and repeating the method I used the first time, mainly dead sea salt baths and sun exposure.  The second time around was almost as painful as the first, but not as bad since my hands were in better shape this time around.  It did take a little longer due to lack of sun after the first week, but I was once again much more comfortable.

I truly feel if I had never stopped moisturizing I would be a total mess right now.  Instead I am doing very well considering, and feel I'll complete my TSW sometime between month 6-12, if not sooner.  Today is my 4-1/2 month mark.  I may be totally off base and have a horrible rebound much later down the road but we'll see.  If I do, I'll treat it the same way by allowing my skin to breathe naturally which enables it to heal quicker than it would by smothering it.  My hands are currently in better condition then they were prior to TS usage, and are slowly improving like a turtle crossing a 100 mile wide road.  Each week they are slightly better and  I haven't had to wear a glove on my left hand in a couple months, but do still wear one on my right hand because there is a small spot on my palm where I first started applying the TS that has extremely thin skin and still continues to break open, heals over, and repeats again.  But, the skin is feeling noticeably stronger each and every week.  I can't imagine going through this hellish experience using moisturizers.  I still remember the uncontrollable scratching they caused me and how my skin would just kind of melt away when I went into an itchfest.  Not that I don't still have my episodes, but not the way it was when I used moisturizers!

It is now very apparent to me that most everyone who has completed TSW using moisturizers has taken a much longer time to heal and unnecessarily suffered far longer than necessary.  These same people also seem very resistant to the idea of not moisturizing since they themselves didn't take that route.  However, recent evidence has come out of a Japanese conference (The 24th Lecture Presentation on Atopic Dermatitis in Tokyo) showing that moisturizer withdrawal is practically essential for TSW recovery.  "Dr. Sato presented a rate of healing on TSW at his hospital during his presentation.  He collected data from 360 patients over the age of 3.  The doctors at the event all agreed that moisturizer withdrawal was 'usually essential' rather than 'encouraged'.  They explained that only about 10% of TSW patients healed without moisturizer withdrawal, and they were all mild case patients.  TSW patients who recover well are usually doing moisturizer withdrawal strictly, according to the doctors."  See the Skin of Rose Blog for more info on this.

http://skinofrose.blogspot.com/2013/09/tsw-event-report-from-japan.html

I exchanged a few emails with Dr. Fukaya just last night and learned a great deal.  I am forever in his debt.  His comments on diet, moisturizer withdrawal, the adrenal glands, etc., are very interesting and informative.   He says the adrenal glands function normally in most TSA cases, and diet has little effect.  He also says he agrees with Dr. Sato in that moisturizer withdrawal speeds up TSW in certain cases.  He is careful to point out that some people who try moisturizer withdrawal can’t handle it and go back to using TS, I assume due to the increased pain and suffering going moisturizer free causes in the early stages.  He recommends moisturizer withdrawal if one feels strong enough to do it to shorten the TSW period.  He also suggests using moisturizers at an older age after TSW is complete.

http://mototsugufukaya.blogspot.jp/2013/07/a-report-about-biological-product-for.html#comment-form 



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  1. Dan, I am so glad I found this page. One month into TSW on my hands mainly, I have recently discovered that using hemp oil or coconut oil did make my hands much worse! I am going moisturizer free from now on....look forward to your future posts

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  2. Hi Ingrid, are you in Virginia? Do you have a blog where I can read your history? If not please let me know what your history is ok? We can learn from each other. I'm only 3 months ahead of you in tsw. I tried both the hemp oil and coconut oil and had the same results as you. You may want to do MW but have to take several things into consideration first. Dan

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  3. HI Dan, no I do not have a blog. I am one month in TSW and have just been reading your entire correspondence with the Japanese doctors, it is amazing how much advice they sent over the internet! Wouldnt it be amazing if American docs were like that?! Anyway, I began using 1% hydro on my hands about 6 years ago, then slowly moved on to mometasone and Cloderm around my eye. At present time my eyelids are pretty dry and flaky and hands are very dry and red in spots, but not everywhere. I read the correspondence about potentially going back to TS use if you are not strong enough to handle not moisturizing, but there is nothing that could make me go back to using those awful meds again. I will keep you posted as time goes on. Your story gives me hope that indeed this method of cold turkey will pay off! thanks so much

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  4. Hi Ingrid, I can understand the doctor's concerns over people going back to ts, but I think once a person has made that decision they are usually pretty committed to stay the course on tsw either way. I've only heard of people going back to moisturizing myself. Haven't heard of people going back to the ts due to not being able to handle the initial increased pain doing MW. He may be just being cautious with his words, as most doctors have learned to do. I have thought about going back to ts too, but like you, nothing would make me go back. If you have any questions at all while attempting MW please don't hesitate to ask. I've done it twice now. Don't plan on doing it again :)

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  5. Hi Dan!

    Interesting opinion about moisturizer slowing down the healing process.
    I do not use moisturizer during my withdrawal, and do not feel the need to. I am not sure if it speeds up my healing in any way, but all I can say is that my skin heals perfectly after each flare even though it may be extremely dry and painful during the flares. I am a week past 8 months and am doing well. I am recovering from Betamethasone Valerate quarter strength, so that may give you a better idea of my situation.

    I will keep checking for your progress. Really interested to see if not moisturizing really help shorten this ordeal!

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  6. Hi Oregene92!

    Thank you for your comments. My opinion originally was MW helps alleviate the symptoms, and possibly could speed the tsw process. The results from the recent Japanese conference seem to clearly show it actually speeds healing as compared to moisturizing, And, Dr. Fukaya agrees. And, there is my general belief in the idea that the body can heal most any illness faster if supported via a variety of ways, as opposed to not being supported. And, others I've seen post who have done MW have had the same results. The evidence just keeps piling up. It's difficult to conclude anything else.

    Interesting how you and I both seem to have had a much easier time of it compared to many who use moisturizers throughout the process. That seems to be the common denominator with everyone I have heard that doesn't moisturize. And, it seems to be mostly men. I think MW to a female is more difficult to accept because they are so used to moisturizing anyway. My skin has improved very slowly but steadily. I was wondering if it's been the same with you? I have had somewhat of a difficult time because it's mainly on my hands, but I have noticed a remarkable difference in how strong my skin is getting over time. I can scratch without breaking the skin in most cases now as long as I don't get too carried away..

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    1. My withdrawal is characterized by distinct really bad flares I call 'Rage', followed by a relatively calmer period (~3 months), before the next 'Rage' hits again.

      So far I have experienced 2 'Rages', with the first one lasting 3 weeks and the second almost 5 weeks. The second 'rage' was worst off than the first.

      During the calm periods after a 'rage' my skin improves slowly but steadily, before the next 'rage' undo everything.

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    2. oregene92, I just read your blog and man what a bad case you got. I really feel for you and what you've been through. After seeing your 2nd flare pics I feel fortunate. I hope I don't get a flare like that. I used betamethasone dipropioinate ointment 0.05% on my hands for 2-3 years, heavily in the last two years, and the palms of my hands looked like the back of your knee.did. Did you use a lot of ts during those 10 years of use? Like more than once a day. Small amounts or large amounts? Hang in there. At least we know there is no turning back and we will heal eventually and be free of the drug for good! I look forward to that day. Sorry you have suffered so much. I have too and know the feeling. However, I haven't suffered as badly as you. That is a rough one my friend. At least you are likely through the worst of it now.

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    3. During the first 9 years, I was on weak corticosteroids and applied them only sparingly. It was only the final year that I went for stronger steroids and started applying them daily. The final year was the year that screwed me up pretty much.

      Though not at 8.5 months, my skin is much much better already.

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    4. Hi oregene92,

      I used for 20 years extremely sparingly on one tiny spot and then heavily on both hands in the last two years. It was my final year for me as well when I was slathering both hands with the crap at least twice a day. Did you find tsw much easier to handle after MW? Did your skin start healing faster? What do you think about moisturizing during tsw now in retrospect?

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  7. I too am on day two of no moisturizer. Back at about week three TSW i tried MW and then for some reason slathered my hands in hemp oil again only to have them turn red as ever. Right now they are dry but i can see how it might work to "dry out" and starve the eczema so to speak, since it seems to thrive on moisture, which makes my daily life a PIA cooking, washing hands, bathing kids and the like with three small kids. Does the redness and irritation wax and wane even through out the day? it is so odd to me. Do either of you suffer from eye area dryness? thats my other current bother. Again I am so hopeful this course will work for me. I have destroyed my hands with cortisone cream and I want to be able to wear my wedding rings again :) Take care and have a good day. Oh, re: exercise-did you find it got worse? I am a serious yogi and I find it so great for my mind and body but the arm balances seem to cause blood to rush to my hands and exacerbate it. I refuse to give up yoga during this time as it does me so much good otherwise. LMK if either of you have experience down the road in TSW with this. Oregene92 I am just about 5 weeks into TSW.

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  8. Hi Ingrid, I did the same exact thing! I was through it and my hands were much better so I tried the hemp oil. After about an hour a knew there was no way, my hands were itching so bad. I immediately washed my hands with soap (grandpas oatmeal soup) and soaked in a dead sea salt bath to try and get the stuff out. For me, it was all about getting my open skin splits and cracks to heal. After they heal I can use my hands much more than I was able to before. The redness and itching seemed to stay but not near as bad. It does wax and wane for me every day. Most days my hands feel pretty good throughout the day but by evening they start itching more due to how the body's histamine levels rise into the evening. How bad are your hands? Can you post pics?

    I used the tiniest amount of ts on one eyelid and I have had slight itching there but it has since went away as have most of the other areas where I used it extremely sparingly. I did spend the first few months putting my face in my bath water when I took my DSS baths and think that contributed to those areas not getting worse and becoming a problem. They always quit itching after my baths.

    Bear in mind you are in your first several weeks of tsw and those weeks are usually the hardest no matter what. I spent my first two months moisturizing and it drove me so crazy I did MW out of sheer desperation. I wish I had done it from the very beginning. I remember reading somewhere about how Yoga can be helpful but certain exercises should be avoided as they can irritate it more. I wish I could remember where I read that!

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  9. i have some photos from my iphone only, i guess if i have your email i could send you them. Its ugly, pretty much. My hubby thinks im crazy and its not that bad though :) ive also been taking melatonin at night and that keeps me from taking the gloves off unknowingly in the middle of the night. So how long after you stopped moisturizing did you get relief? So it was red, then dried out/crusted over and new skin grew? also, did you change your diet in any way? Chiro wants me to do elim diet but im convinced it will only make me more stressed about it. I avoid dairy and drink green smoothies every am. eat very few gluten products

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  10. Please do send them to me. I would love to see them to compare to what my hands looked like at the same stage. It took me about a week to get relief, but about two weeks for the process to complete. Once the old dried skin sheds off (I was careful to allow it to shed on it's own and not help it along) new skin appears. That whole process took me about 10 days top two weeks. The skin remains very sensitive since one is not over tsw at this point, but from there on I was much better able to handle my symptoms. From what I understand, diet doesn't help speed up the process but it does help the body overall so a good diet is essential in any good health. However, being happy and stress free may have more of an effect on the body's ability to heal than diet, so I still eat my same diet I've been on most my life. Which is not a very healthy diet. I eat what I want. Prior to tsa and tsw my diet didn't make me break out much so I figure it's doesn't play a major role in recovery. My doc wants me to avoid all white foods, meaning sugars and carbs. It's good advice and makes one healthier but I'm not willing to make that trade off. Again, as long as the mind is happy the body will be happy. If the mind isn't happy, I imagine the body won't be either. I do take low potency vitamin supplements, vitamin D3, probiotics, omega3 fish oil, and flax seed oil.

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  11. what is your email address? that way I can send them to you. or send me a private message at ingridsallen@gmail.com. so would you say you are "healed" at this point?

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  12. Does anyone out there know how I can set this blog up so my image icon shows? I can't find a way for people to upload their pics here. Everything I read on the net says to click on the image icon in the Post Editor toolbar. I can't seem to find my post editor toolbar in this section, and the one that does show doesn't have the image icon any longer. Any help would be appreciated!

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  13. It appears that only I can upload images when I create a new post. Ingrid, I am trying to keep most communications on my blog so others can benefit, but you can email me anytime privately if you wish. The pics you sent me look so much like the backs of my own hands. This area doesn't bother me hardly at all. It's my palms where I used the ts that bother me. The backs of my hands are nearly identical to yours but I have never applied ts on those areas. I see the crap between your fingers. I had it there bad in the first several weeks until I did MW at which time it cleared up. So, you don't have this stuff on your palms? Or do you?

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  14. my palms are totally clear. Sorry, I dont know anyway to upload the images to this site? im happy to share my pics if anyone can tell me a way to do that.

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  15. Ingrid, there probably isn't a way unless I upload them myself for you, but that can only be done by doing it on a different post I create in this blog. They have to be uploaded before I "publish" my post. I'll look into it more.

    I have to say, I wish I had hands like yours! Not to make light of your condition, but your hands don't look all that bad at all compared to mine at the one month mark. Currently, my hands look the same as yours on top, but I still am having problems with my right palm. Early on in my tsw though, my hands were a complete and total mess on both palms and all fingers. Broken and raw skin, deep fissures, sometimes as long as over 2", multiple skin splits, etc., due to my skin barrier being completely destroyed by the TS. Prior to tsw I always had an average of about 10-12 band aids on my hands and fingers to protect open fissures from infection. My hand right now currently look similar to the way they looked last time I posted pictures of them so I haven't posted new pics yet. I'm waiting for more improvement first. They are healed better in some areas then at that time though.

    I try to avoid water on my hands as much as possible by using white cotton gloves covered with larger latex free gloves. The only time my hands see water is when I take a bath. I think you have a very mild case on your hands compared to myself. I stay moisturizer free, do daily baths with 1-2 pounds of natural dead sea salt from Israel, and get as much sun as possible on the areas that bother me, without getting sun burnt of course. I know it's difficult to get sun this time of year but I get it when I can, and have looked into getting a UVB light as well. If I don't get one I might look at the option of going to tanning booths. I haven't ever done tanning booths as I fear getting cancer from them, but have read that many people get good results.

    I imagine those areas between your fingers likely bother you the most from what I went through. Mine were all weepy and oozy until I stopped moisturizing and got sun on them. They then dried out and the skin there normalized within a couple weeks. One spot took longer and is still iffy now and then. This is in the same area where I first started applying ts on my hands so it probably will be the last to heal. I found that alcohol free witch hazel helps a lot in between my baths for oozing areas. I also experimented with Tea Tree oil diluted with water on those areas. Still not sure if it helped or not though. I hope this helps!

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  16. Thanks for the info! What did you do to manage the evening itching? It gets so much worse at night. Right now red wine is sort of doing the trick. LOL. Do you think the dead sea salts helped? where did you order them. yes-the in between the finger areas are the worst in terms of the itching. I am going to power through these next few weeks and try to get some sun on my hands. My friends mom has used UV therapy on her hands with good results, but I think she still depends on TS. Be well and I will be in touch!

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  17. Sea salts are on their way! Hooray. Thanks for the tip. How much/how often did you use them? My hands are "drying" out so to speak today. I am ditching the ACV I was spraying on them as well. It just hurt and made them SO RED. Have a nice day!

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    1. You're welcome! I think you'll be very happy with them. I use 1-1/2 to 2 pounds in each bath and soak for 20 minutes. I usually will shower afterwards and never touch soap or shampoo. I just wash my hair in the shower water when rinsing. It seems to make my hair much cleaner and stay that way longer than when I shampooed it prior to tsw. Sometimes I don't rinse at all, and sometimes I wait 30 minutes and then jump into the shower. If you really want to dry any weepy or oozy areas, don't rinse and your skin will dry more. You can experiment and also search the internet on what others do.

      I did an ACV bath yesterday and wished I hadn't of because I had such a difficult time with itching afterwards and it intensified as the night went on. Not sure why. I've done them before and don't remember having a problem. It could be what I ate that day, hard to tell. I ended up taking a salt bath at 3am just to try and get things back in order. It helped. I got two hours sleep last night. My worse night in a long time. Prior to that I was starting to get 6-7 hours a night, don't know what happened:( Hopefully things will get back to normal and I'm not beginning a huge flare. We'll see. You have a nice day too!

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  18. My eyelids are flaking and super itchy. I need to moisturize to be able to look normal and put on makeup. Also having swollen eyes is a total bummer. Any more advice or products to recommend? many thanks, happy halloween!

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    1. I'm sorry Ingrid but I don't have a good answer for the eyes. I had some spots on my face, one eyelid, nose, ear, and chin where I had applied very small amounts of ts once in a blue moon and these spots did itch for a couple months but the salt baths seems to have taken care of that. I no longer itch in these spots at all now. I spent a lot of my baths lying on one side with half my head in the water for 10 minutes, and then would turn to the other side for the last 10 minutes. Sometimes I would hold my breath and put my face down in the water too.

      Most makeup products contain known skin irritants so wouldn't be doing that if I were you. Just put your "vanity" into a drawer for awhile. Beauty is only skin deep. Personally, I would never put anything around my eyes and am so sorry I put ts there. Luckily, I only put a minute amount on one eyelid just 2-3 times. Moisturizing there is only going to prolong the healing but you might consider the organic Spectrum White Palm Oil for short time periods like during part of the day and be sure to have nothing on at night. I think it's safer to use moisturizers sporadically as opposed to all the time, and using them in that way might be beneficial in certain cases.

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  19. can i ask what you think of using Epsom salt vs. dead sea salts for soaking my hands? I have epsom here today. also, when you were experiencing the flaking off of skin, how long did that last for and what was the new skin like underneath? I am wondering how many "crust over and flake" off cycles Ill be expecting (BLAH IT STINKS!!). I used TS for about 6 or so years on and off on my hands

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    1. I have never used Epsom salts and don't know much about them so can't offer much help there. You can search the web by typing in epsom salt benefits and see what you think. I just did and they appear to have similar benefits to the dead sea salts. You might try them while you wait for your salts to arrive. I did read that they have anti-inflammatory benefits

      Also, check out this blog http://oregene92.wordpress.com/ He had problems around the eyes and stopped moisturizing early on in tsw..

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    2. thanks for your info, again. happy halloween! hope you have some sun out there its quite a cloudy day here

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    1. Hi jsan,

      Thank you for sharing your experience! At what month did you stop moisturizers, or did you do tsw all the way without moisturizing? Do you have a blog? If not, can you give a brief history of what ts you used, how much and frequency? I wasn't aware of the fungal problems that can occur during tsw, but have had a bad fungus in two fingernails at the start of my tsw. It is still there, but I've been treating it with Tea Tree oil and hope to clear it over the coming weeks. If Tea Tree oil doesn't get it Apple Cider Vinegar should. That's a great idea on the laundry!

      I used Tee Tea oil off and on throughout my tsw to help keep infections at bay on skin splits, and have found that it usually heals my smallest skin splits over a two day period. It's a must have tool in the tsw toolbox.

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  23. Ooops!!! Should say march 2013!! That's when I quit. I think I cling to march 2012 since that was when my skin was gorgeous (pre using the evil poison before my job).

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    1. Very informative! We don't need double blind studies to see the obvious do we? I found Calendula to the very best skin healer of all the things I've tried but couldn't find it in a salve without olive oil so gave it up and went a different route which was using nothing. Just dead sea salt baths and sun exposure, and a few other other techniques to help my skin along. I dd the baths daily up until recently, and just went 5 days without one, because I feel it's time for my skin to start producing oils on it's own and am afraid if I continue daily bathing at this point it might do more harm than good. Going to bathe right now cause I feel so dirty! But, my skin feels much better than it has in a very long time. I plan to bathe just once a week now as long as my skin continues to hold together and feels good like it currently does.

      I'm at 5 months and my itching has subsided substantially over what it was just 2-3 weeks ago. I think moderating my diet has helped a lot in this area, although I still eat a pretty bad diet. I found just cutting back on foods that are high in histamine and avoiding alcohol helps a lot with itching. Dan

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  25. Hi Dan, I think posted earlier but I don't know if I pressed comment lol. I added you on Google earlier as well. Basically I've been on steroid withdrawal for 2 months and 1 month out of those two for MW. Prior to that I've been using Eumovate on my face for 9 months straight (heavy use) for eczema. I don't think I need to describe to you about the f'@'ed up horror and feelings that come along with this because I'm sure you can relate. My face is literally like how your hands were except I got very dark purplish discoloured parts (the places I applied the creams on my face) and I'm naturally dark skinned and it shows compared to my natural contrast. What bothers me is not just the dryness but the heavily discoloured parts I used the creams on and im worried that they are permanent. I also have doubts I'll ever get clear skin again, sometimes I feel like im on the right path then BOOM negativity settles in. If you could give me your "2cents" as you Americans would call it lol, I'd appreciate it sooo much. Just looking for motivation and patience I guess :/ . It's like a never ending ordeal. Thanks for reading this and I hope to hear from you very soon. (BTW great blog bro).

    Moh

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    1. Hi Moh,

      'Here is a link to where you made your comment along with my response...

      http://topicalsteroidsurvivor.blogspot.com/2014/01/clarification-on-why-moisturizer.html

      I don't know what to add to my response so take a read of it and let me know if you have any questions. I think you will be fine and won't have any permanent damage at all. Let's see if we can't find some ways to get you through this in the most comfortable way possible. Dan

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  26. Hello Dan,

    Have you ever heard of the "Dr. Aron regime" before? He says TSW should be treated his way. Please let me know what you think sir. Thanks!

    Cheers,

    Clinton

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    1. Hi Clinton,

      My own personal opinion is the guy is way off base (to put it nicely). Using a name that rhythms with Itsan for one thing. I cover my thoughts on his site on a newer post here on my blog. This is a really old thread you posted on.

      Just use common sense. Most of us got to where we are because the ts no longer worked for us. If we could simply wean ourselves off the crap we certainly would have done it. I feel sorry for anyone who follows this guy's advice. As far as I can tell, he offers nothing any derm doesn't already offer. Show me one single person who has done his treatment and has been completely off steroids for a good year with no skin issues. I highly doubt one exists. It doesn't jive with the way tsa/tsw works.

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  27. Thanks so much Dan for your input. I joined a FB group that said this guy's technique was best, but I will agree with you sir. It's hell right now for me (as well as many others here visiting your wonderful blog!) I have been off all creams/moisturizers for 3+ weeks now. Hands itch,burn, scaled, cracking, etc. Hopefully "this too shall pass"... All I have for reief is DSS hand dipping at night, use of ACV for the "burn", and I am taking MSM suppliment as well. Question: Where do I find your info here on that Doctor? Thanks for your help in advance sir. I hope this TSW starts to let up soon! Is it different for every person when this starts to clear? I used cortisone cream for around 2 yrs. It was from an itchy feeling I got from a "side-effect" from taking hydrocodone pain meds after a car wreck. Before the wreck, I didn't even take an aspirin!

    Thanks again,

    Clinton

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    1. Hi Clinton, go to "Blog Archive" on right hand side of my blog and click on "2015". There you will find my most recent post and numerous comments from numerous people on that post. Plenty to learn there, as well as from all comments on all posts I've written. Be sure to look for "Comments" link at bottom of each post on my blog to see the comments from other people and myself. These blogs are kind of set up weird. Please repast this over there and I will respond asap. Thanks!

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  28. I too sped my topical steroid withdrawal up by stopping all moisturizers. I had no choice as every single thing I put on my skin would make it burn and hurt so bad. Even water hurt so bad I could not take a bath. Once I stopped all moisturizers, it healed so fast. I still have it, it comes and goes constantly, but I am almost normal and when I do get it, it's never very bad, still annoying but nothing like before. I just get a bit on my lip and hands, the two places I always had eczema. but I also had to drastically change my diet. I gave up alcohol, sweets, dairy and a lot of foods that contains yeast as I heard yeast can also cause eczema and a host of other problems. I eat a lot of protein and take supplements from a naturopath. It all seems to help and speed up the process. I'm 66 and had this 4 times in my life. Had bad eczema on my hands mostly but during my life I did have it other places for short periods, once on my legs for a year. Now that I know what it is, I intend to eat healthy for the rest of my life and never get it back. I feel so much better, actually the best I've ever felt in my life. So the diet has also cleared up other ailments I have had for years and years. I encourage anyone to do moisture withdrawal. I was in agony until I did it, then it went so fast after that. Good luck to you all! I know what you are going through.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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