Hi friends, I am going into my 11th month and happy to report that my skin is okay right now and I hope the worst part of steroid cream withdrawals are over. I still have a long way to go, but at least the burning and peeling seem to have subsided. I'm not going to rule out any future flares, though, as some of my skin friends still have them. The burning hot skin is better but not sure what will come next?
I get asked this question a lot from people with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and anyone who uses topical steroids for their skin allergies. It is a question I ask myself while going through the steroid withdrawal stages. What was the reason I even started using steroid cream? The skin issues, of course as a child but adult eczema was non-existent before the advent of topical steroids according to Dr. Rapaport. So, if I had it as a child and used steroid cream all these years to control it, what was the orginal cause of it then?
Some of us had eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other skin allergies as far back as we can remember. I am one of those people, and sometimes I try and think back to figure out how I might have gotten such bad eczema. My dad had it and my brother had it that I know of, but my dad's never got real bad and my brother grew out if it so maybe my dad had an allergy to something? My mom tried to avoid the common allergens with my skin such as dust, mold, tomato, fish, chocolate, nuts, and citrus fruits and I still cannot tolerate dust, mold and chocolate but maybe that is due to the heavy amount of steroids I've used and would have grown out of that by now without it.
Well, the best thing I could tell anyone who has eczema or any skin issues is don't turn to topical steroids as the cure and use them for more than two weeks on any one area of your body for your lifetime. You say why lifetime? Because if you happen to be atopic, which means highly prone to addiction to this potent drug, you could get in the mess in a short time and it could takea lot longer to get through a withdrawal. Use natural creams like neem, hemp, Sweet Bee Magic or one of the many other products with safe ingredients in it.
The best diet is a healthy one of fresh vegetables and the least amount of processed, gmo, sugar laden and chemical laden foods just for overall health. You may have an intolerance to a certain food like gluten and it could cause skin issues, I don't know. But there are alternatives like soaking/sprouting grains to make them more digestible, eating lacto-fermented foods that help create good flora in your gut and plenty of healthy fats. You can learn a lot more about the foods I feel are healthy for us by reading "The Maker's Diet" by Jordan Rubin. He cured himself of severe Crohn's Disease with a diet he feels is what God intended for mankind. If you look for the book, it is very affordable and full of wise eating advice. Well, hope you all find alternatives to steroids and thanks for stopping by!
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