Why you should not stop using your eczema cortisone steroid creams suddenly
Warning: Steroid cream use should not be stopped abruptly (especially if you've been using it for years)... tapering the drug gives the adrenal glands time to return to their normal patterns of secretion. Withdrawal symptoms and signs (weakness, fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain) can mimic many other medical problems.
"IĄŻve been experiencing eczema problems on my face and also on my arms and behind my knees since I was 8 years old. It would flare up especially during spring time when thereĄŻs a lot of pollen in the air. IĄŻm also allergic to dust and shellfish. I would feel very itchy when the weather is hot and humid, sometimes I would even scratch myself till I bleed when IĄŻm sleeping. It just feels so good to scratch the itch even though I know I shouldnĄŻt.
IĄŻve tried lots of different treatments over the years, and have been using steroid creams almost everyday (hydrocortisone, betamethasone, beclomethasone, mometasone, clobetasol creams etc). IĄŻve actually tried all the steroid creams available at my pharmacy, and my pharmacist has always been telling me to spread thinly and not to use it too often...
I can remember my parents taking me to many different dermatologists and other doctors ¨C I canĄŻt even remember their expertise ¨C trying to help me find a solution. I would just be prescribed a different and stronger steroid cream each time.
Although my parents tried to do what they believed would help me feel better with myself, unfortunately, I continued experienced eczema until my adult years. I can remember myself as I was finishing high school. I had a low self-esteem, struggled to feel pretty in front of guys because I didnĄŻt like what I saw in the mirror. I also didnĄŻt dare wearing spaghetti straps or sleeveless tops because my arms were full of eczema scars caused by many years of scratching. I also always hid in jeans because the back of my knees were full of dark scars too.
It was my dear colleague Sharon who introduced me to Eczema Free Forever. Her sister also had severe childhood eczema and was now eczema symptom free for the last 9 months. I decided to give it a try. My eczema didnĄŻt get any better at first and I still had to rely on my Elomet cream the first 2 weeks and I was very skeptical and ready to give up. But eventually their holistic method worked for me and I have stopped using my Elomet cream for the past 5 months! You have to be disciplined and follow the steps detailed in the Eczema Free Forever PDF ebook, it actually teaches you how to target and cure the underlying root cause of eczema, instead of just providing symptomatic relief if the itchiness. I slowly used less and less of my Elomet cream and eventually managed to not need it at all after 2 months... My eczema didin't flare up and I canĄŻt describe how big a difference I feel in my everyday life. I have more confidence in the way I look and IĄŻm now able to wear almost anything I want without feeling so insecure like before."