National Eczema Association (NEA) recently announced that they are putting together a task force to study topical steroid addiction and ITSAN is very pleased to hear this! Read the full story here. After a couple of years of communication back and forth with NEA president, Julie Block, the efforts to raise awareness by ITSAN of this horrid condition have been heard.
Several of the posters from NEA support forum and Facebook wall have found their way out of the steroid addiction maze thanks to those who have endured topical steroid withdrawal and return to share their stories on the wall of NEA, various social sites and make blogs of their journey to healing or healed skin.
Eczema has become a growing social and medical problem that many experts are studying to find out why. One valid theory of California dermatologist, Marvin Rappaport is that the last 40 years or so of overprescribed steroids has caused a new kind of eczema, induced by the very drug meant to treat it.
International Topical Steroid Awareness Network (ITSAN) has a mission to raise awareness of this hugely ignored condition and help people to avoid the trap of graduated steroid use which can eventually lead to dependence on the potent drug in a fairly short amount of time for some sufferers. The ITSAN new forum had grown to over 900 members in six months time which is an average of about 15 new members a day.
The hardest thing to see is little babies and toddlers suffering with topical steroid withdrawal and no real comfort meds to help them through it and little to no support from many of the children's doctors. ITSAN hopes to help end this rampant abuse of topical steroid with the help of organizations like NEA and minimize needless suffering of so many that are mistakenly thought to have "chronic eczema."