I’m Mariella, a 20-year-old student from Toronto. I’ve had eczema since I was a child, so topical steroids have been a staple in my life. But I noticed about a year ago that my eczema was spreading, even though I was using the creams. What’s worse is that when I stopped using the steroids, my skin went crazy. It turns out my skin was addicted to topical steroids. And now I have to withdraw from them. It’s not a pleasant process, but that’s what this blog is all about.
If you’re going through topical steroid withdrawal, or you think you may be, head over to the International Topical Steroid Addiction Network. It has a lot of information on the symptoms of topical steroid withdrawal, and better yet, there’s an amazing forum with people who are also going through this terrible process.
If you’re concerned that you do not have topical steroid addiction, or that you have another medical condition, go to a doctor. I’ve never been to medical school, so I cannot give medical advice. I’m merely writing about my experiences with topical steroid withdrawal. That is all.