How Topical Steroid Withdrawal (15 months) Helped to fix my Eczema


It worked, at least for me 🙂 It took about 1 painful year. Of course, it is by no means “cured”. My skin just doesn’t flare up and go blotchy red scaly skin. I do still get the occasional mild itch on my elbows or hands that goes away pretty quickly.

If you read my previous post you know that I’ve recently returned home to Canada from Ireland. I was skeptical whether my eczema got better because I went to live in a more humid place or because I had stopped using topical steroids for over a year by the time I was in Ireland. After spending 2 weeks back in a very dry climate in Canada, my skin got a lot drier but never once did it flare-up like it would in the past, especially in the winter where the heater drys out my skin. It’s incredible that only one year ago, I would take a morning bath to moisturize my skin and my neck would be flaming red and feeling raw. I’m really happy I stopped using topical steroids. Sometimes I worry that if I stay longer in Canada, my eczema would creep back with a vengeance. Hopefully it was the topical steroids all along.

Thinking back, my eczema was so bad during the first few months of topical steroids withdrawal that I wondered if I was making a mistake and whether it was worth it. I can now say it was for me 🙂 Instinctively, I felt that there was a good scientific possibility that steroids was making my eczema worse and so I kept up with it. I really hope that other people will give TSW a try and add to the growing number of people that has benefited from it.


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