Most allergy sufferers, particularly those with eczema and other skin conditions, are likely to have tried topical corticosteroid treatment (TSC) at some point to help manage their symptoms. While TSC can provide temporary relief, they can not be used long-term and improper use can result in TCS withdrawal after use.
Topical corticosteroids (TCS) are commonly prescribed to treat atopic dermatitis when other treatments fail. But they’re often used too often (or for too long), which can result in topical steroid withdrawal (also known as ‘red skin syndrome’).
What is TCS withdrawal?
Topical steroids can provide temporary relief from chronic inflammation, pain and irritation of the skin. However, TCS withdrawal can be a complication treatment, particularly when topical steroids have been overused or taken long term. Watch out for:
Are some people more susceptible than others?
Women who have used TCS at moderate to high doses over a 12-month period will be more susceptible to TCS withdrawal. In this case, symptoms will be usually present on the face and genital areas.
Although withdrawal symptoms are less common in children, skin absorption is higher in infants. So, consult your health care practitioner regarding appropriate dosage and use.
How to manage TCS withdrawal…
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
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