Мобильный 1 Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021
News Every Day |

My skin flaked off and oozing blisters made water feel like acid – nobody warned me about ‘steroid cream withdrawal’

A WOMAN has shared how she was left stunned when she discovered that the oozing blisters on her face that made the water feel like acid were due to steroid cream withdrawal.

Brittany Stephens, 27, from Ottawa, Canada was first prescribed the cream to treat childhood eczema, after her skin became easily irritated by allergies to foods including eggs, dairy and nuts.

Brittany Stephens was prescribed the steroid cream to treat eczema
Withdrawl from the cream left her with oozing skin

But after using it for two years she started only applying it in the winter months to help ease the mild flare-ups her skin would have due to the cold weather.

But when she started applying it all over her body after her skin reacted to mould in her apartment she noticed eczema coming back with a vengeance.

Her skin went from having mild redness and dry patches to “burning red” and spreading down her arms, legs and face – which she describes as turning “red like a tomato”.

“It was the worst flare-up of my life,” Brittany, a supply officer, said.

“My skin turned red hot – it felt like I was on fire, despite having a bone-deep chill inside.

“I would shake constantly, had trouble with my vision and water felt like acid on my skin.

“Then the flaking started and my skin was coming off in piles.

“It hurt to move, and I started to get oozing skin and thin cuts that felt like paper cuts around my eyes and lips, which made it hard to eat.

“I was barely sleeping four hours a night because of the itch and needing to scratch – it was unbearable.”

Concerned, Brittany took to Instagram to see if other steroid cream users were experiencing similar side effects and was stunned to discover a community of people suffering from topical steroid withdrawal (TSW).

The condition involves severe symptoms experienced by long-term users of steroid creams after they stop using them – including dry, red and flaky skin which can be extremely painful.

Brittany decided to go through the uncomfortable process – hoping her skin would eventually heal and not be reliant on the steroids.

While she knew her skin was likely to get worse before it could get better, nothing could have prepared her for the months of agony that lay ahead.

During this time, Brittany’s self-esteem took a huge dip – but she had plenty of support from her family and her partner Sam, who she had met just two months before her eczema returned.

STEROID CREAM WITHDRAWAL

She said: “It was a struggle to look at myself in the mirror. It was hard to feel beautiful, but my partner was supportive and told me I looked beautiful regardless.

“I knew that it would get worse before it got better.

“I needed a lot of support and moved back in with my parents to help support me – some days I needed assistance getting in and out of bed, the bath, my clothes, to eat.

“I wanted it to be over in a few months and I was hopeful I’d heal quickly, but when month three then month six rolled around I knew it would be longer.”

While she was armed with new information from the online TSW community, Brittany says she was never warned of how harmful the steroid cream could be.

She said: “I was unaware of the side effects of steroids other than thinning skin and to reduce sun exposure to minimize any impacts of the steroid creams.

“It took me a year for my skin to heal from less than three months of using steroid cream.

“My skin would go through cycles of redness, flaking, oozing, scabbing – over and over, until the skin underneath finally started to heal.”

Finally, by July 2020, Brittany’s skin had calmed down and she was free of the painful condition.

She said: “I now have very mild eczema on my eyes and neck in the winter, but it doesn’t itch. My skin can be a little flaky but overall I hardly notice it and it doesn’t impact my daily life.

“Every other part of my body is clear, soft, smooth skin – something I wasn’t sure I would have again.”

Despite all she has been through, the experience has given her a newfound respect for her body.

She said: “I am incredibly proud of my body, for all it has been through, healing and its resilience to support me through life. I learned a lot about not caring what my body looked like, and the body neutrality movement.

“I hope for the day there is more research on TSW so there is less confusion, feeling alone and unsupported by the medical field.

“The people that go through this for years or with minimal support are true warriors. It is so difficult to express the true pain that it is to go through this condition.

“But I am so grateful for the connection it has brought me with my body and with those around me.”

Brittany said water felt like acid
She was stunned to discover a community of people suffering from topical steroid withdrawal

We pay for your stories!

Do you have a story for The Sun news desk?

Email us at exclusive@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4104. You can WhatsApp us on 07423 720 250. We pay for videos too.

Click here to upload yours.

Click here to get The Sun newspaper delivered for FREE for the next six weeks.









Read also

Levi Bellfield attempted suicide after getting ‘stressed’ over treatment in jail

Strictly fans left ‘fuming’ over dance-off spoiler as this week’s result leaks online

Refugees crossing the English Channel don’t look like criminals… they look like us


News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

Stacey Solomon reveals hair transformation on date night after accidentally dying her eyebrows RED

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

Global Plant-based Meat Market to Offer Increased Growth Prospects for Manufacturers



Sports today


Новости тенниса
Кубок Дэвиса

ФОТО. Кубок Дэвиса. Как Украина с Норвегией разыграли путевку



Спорт в России и мире

РБК вспомнил о смертях российских хоккеистов из-за травм


Загрузка...

All sports news today




Загрузка...

Sports in Russia today

Созин призвал Карпина включить разум и вызвать Дзюбу на стыковой матч против Польши


Новости России

Game News

Fortnite's 'The End' event: Everything we know


Russian.city


Контроль дыхания и оттягивание удовольствия поможет сделать оргазм ярче


Губернаторы России
Сбер

Эксперт Сбер Управление Активами объясняет, что же такое ESG и декарбонизация – новый биткоин или хайп?


Уролог Страданко сообщил о риске бесплодия из-за работы с ноутбуком на коленях

Дима Билан отреагировал на смерть Александра Градского

Путин передал приветствие участникам чемпионата Европы по дзюдо среди смешанных команд

Врач Яковлев заявил, что самыми опасными после прививки от COVID-19 являются первые недели


Саксофонист Бутман подтвердил историю Долиной о любви Путина к джазу

Певец Алексей Глызин снял видео на вокзале в Рубцовске и похвалил Евдокимова

Работа Советов отцов: методы разные — цель одна

Литературный вечер «Есенин. Святая рать» и международный телемост состоялся в Санкт- Петербурге


Павлюченкова: у России огромные шансы на победу в Кубке Дэвиса

Даниил Медведев: Нужно сражаться за каждое очко в матчах Кубка Дэвиса

Даниил Медведев: "Кубок Дэвиса" потому и является особенным, что на нём может произойти немало неожиданностей

Дэниэл Эванс: "Кубок Дэвиса" существует ради командной работы, а не ради рейтинга




Умер композитор Александр Градский

Пострадавшая при пожаре певица Марина Хлебникова начала дышать самостоятельно

ЦСКА обыграл «Баварию» в матче баскетбольной Евролиги

В МОСКОВСКИХ «ПЕРЕКРЁСТКАХ» ПОЯВИЛОСЬ ОРГАНИЧЕСКОЕ МОЛОКО ОТ «ЭКОНИВА»


Эксперт Баринов изучил перспективы Xiaomi на российском авторынке

Новолуние в Стрельце 4 декабря 2021 года: чего лучше не делать, чтобы не оттолкнуть удачу

Монолог Градского на шоу «Голос» до госпитализации заставил Пелагею расплакаться

Угоди про постачання військової техніки Україні європейськими державами підписано – Кулеба



Путин в России и мире







Персональные новости
Russian.city

Игорь Стравинский

Спектакль «Час пробил!» по шедевру Стравинского вернули на сцену в Петербурге



News Every Day

Organic Food Market Will Reflect Significant Growth Prospects of US$ Mn during 2020-2026




Friends of Today24


Загрузка...
Музыкальные новости
"Воскресенье " Олег Митяев



Персональные новости
Близкий друг Путина миллиардер Пугачев. Вся правда о Путине, его семье и деньгах. В гостях у Гордона (2021)

Навальный об уволенном за пост священнике (2021)

Slava Marlow – суперуспех и депрессия в 21 год / вДудь (2021)

Обнаглевшие дети путинской элиты (2021)

Дайте собакам мяса (новый звук) -Владимир Высоцкий

Группа "Рождество" - песня "Так хочется жить!" (Видео с концерта в Киеве группы "РОЖДЕСТВО" в 2011 году в Доме офицеров)

Adriano Celentano Любимая песня Челентано (высочайшая энергетика) talentTV

Moscow.media