Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Main Causes of Topical Steroid Addiction

How does topical steroid addiction come about? Could it be great marketing and a medical profession more concerned with money than people's health? Companies that make the various skin products are in business to make money. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. Doctors however, have an obligation to protect their patients from drugs where the risks outweigh the benefits. And an obligation to advise the patient as to the proper use the drugs they prescribe. They also should be educated enough to tell their patients to avoid over the counter products that are harmful.

Hippocratic Oath: The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians. It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. In its original form, it requires a new physician to swear, by a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.

Of historic and traditional value, the oath is considered a rite of passage for practitioners of medicine in many countries, although nowadays various modernized versions are often used; the message delivered is still the same: do no harm.

Much topical steroid addiction comes about from doctors failing to keep themselves updated on new research, and not properly advising their patients. And, from doctors going by established protocols set by other doctors who do the research on new drugs. Often, with conflicts of interest. There is a very cozy relationship between doctors and big pharma. Too cozy. Ever notice the salesmen coming and going with their briefcases while you sit and wait in a doctors' office? Or, the free samples your doctor gives you? 

I strongly suspect people with certain gene mutations make them more susceptible to skin diseases like eczema, than do people without those particular gene mutations. These people are led to believe that applying lotions, moisturizers, etc., (which most often contain skin barrier damaging ingredients), should be used to keep their skin from being dry. Even people without skin issues are brainwashed into believing they need to slather moisturizers on  to avoid "dry skin". As for newborns, the skin is oftentimes first compromised by chemicals in things like baby oils, baby powders, baby lotions, etc. Then, many doctors will suggest applying topical steroids. Not, waiting to see if the issue resolves itself, or getting to the root of the problem. They treat symptoms, period.

There ARE people who practice holistic medicine. Medical doctors take a different approach (think). 

As for adults, when their skin gets a rash, oftentimes caused by chemicals in moisturizers, lotions, laundry detergent, etc), they turn to other over the counter products. Most of these products make claims that are simply not true. And unfortunately, they usually make matters worse for the skin. Then people end up either trying over the counter Corticosteroids, or going to a doctor. Later, when the weaker strength over the counter steroids, or prescribed steroids stop working, they go to their doctors and the doctor most often will prescribe a more potent topical steroid. The standard protocol is to prescribe topical steroids, starting with the weakest, and latter working up the ladder to the strongest as time passes and steroid induced rashes spread.

That is pretty much it in a nutshell. Doctors who prescribe topical steroids should recommend other measures first, and only prescribe steroids if absolutely necessary when nothing else works. And even then, doctors should carefully advise and monitor their use. They are extremely damaging to the human body. Most doctors are very careful with prescribing oral steroids. Why aren't they as careful with topical steroids (think)?

This is my second or third edit of this post. Things have been hairy lately. I plan to make a new post soon on many subjects related to taking oral steroids late in topical steroid withdrawal (Don't do it), the benefits and purposes of Dead Sea salt baths when used at the right times while in TSW, the benefits of using Tea tree oil for specific purposes, and a few other things.

NOTE: This blog has many outdated posts and some incorrect information, and information that needs updating, so please keep that in mind when reading various older posts. Also, much of what I have written was done while in the throes of extreme suffering. The purpose of this blog is and has been to document my own personal journey in TSW so that others may benefit from my experience. And, to continue spreading as much TRUTH as I can find to get the word out. Things are changing slowly thanks to the many people who have done their own blogs. The truth cannot be suppressed when enough people become aware. "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."  Buddha

I am not a doctor or professional medical practitioner. I do not give medical advice. I only share what I've learned. I have learned much, especially after 3 1/2 years of TSW, and have much to share with those of you who are seeking knowledge.

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