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Topical steroid withdrawal reactions have not been reported when topical steroids are used to treat suitable conditions for short periods of time or with short breaks in treatment over an extended period. It is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions. You should also read the Patient Information Leaflet included with your medicine.

We aimed to identify relevant published scientific studies or reports about topical steroid withdrawal. To identify relevant papers, the PubMed search engine was used to identify citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books published up to February 2020. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government agency responsible for regulating medicines and medical devices in the UK. We continually review the safety of all medicines in the UK and inform healthcare professionals and the public of the latest updates.

Topical corticosteroids and withdrawal reactions

Hannah Thomas has suffered with severe Topical Steroid Withdrawal for 7 months and found Cryozone Health just before Christmas last year. Realising that it would be life changing to other TSW sufferers too, she has been spreading the word and bringing more TSW clients to us for their treatment. Although children are usually given the chicken pox vaccine, if your child is receiving high-dose steroids we recommend siblings or other close family members have it. Please ask your doctor for more information about immunisations.

Steroid withdrawal rarely causes dangerous physical effects, but you might experience severe depression and suicidal thoughts. If you are struggling to cope with the side effects resulting from steroid use, it might be time to withdraw. Also, if you’ve been heavily abusing steroids, a medically supervised detox is the recommended option for withdrawal.

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For most people, steroid inhalers and steroid injections shouldn’t cause any bad side effects. Steroid tablets are generally prescribed with more caution, as these may cause more problems. All medicines or vaccines can cause adverse reactions in some people.

What are corticosteroids?

My nipples cracked, bled and oozed every night and the ooze was so bad from some parts it would just drop off me and soak through clothing. The emotional and mental toll was beginning to cripple me, and things were steadily getting worse. The bright red skin was turning to extremely dry, flaky skin but the most classic symptom, the red sleeve, remained.

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If taken orally, steroids can show up in a urine test for up to 14 days. How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size and what other drugs you may have also taken. You should make every effort to remember to take your steroids when you’re required to.

They might also make it harder for your body to deal with an infection. This means infections are more difficult to diagnose at an early stage. Your healthcare team may give you a small card to carry with you while you are taking steroids.

Anything that causes more irritation or discomfort to the skin must always be stopped as it will worsen inflammation. This can make your eczema sorer but can also trigger other inflammatory skin issues like rosacea and acne, amongst others. I have been on Prednisolone since June this year and have finally managed to taper off them. I’ve been on them a couple of weeks this time, finished on Tuesday.

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60% had used potent topical corticosteroids on the face, and 42% had a history of oral corticosteroid use for skin symptoms. Burning pain was reported in 65%; all had widespread areas of red skin; and so-called “elephant wrinkles” or “red sleeve”. Over-using topical corticosteroids can also lead to other possible side effects during treatment.

Managing side effects

It is safe to drink alcohol in moderation whilst on steroids, but it may aggravate indigestion and/or promote osteoporosis. Unless we contact you directly about changes to your care/treatment, please attend your appointment at The Walton Centre as normal. Avoid close contact with people who’ve recently had live vaccines taken by mouth (oral vaccines) such as oral polio or the typhoid vaccine.

Carrying a steroid card

If you need any medical or dental treatment, show your blue or red steroid card to the doctor, dentist or pharmacist so they know that you’re taking steroid tablets. If you’ve been taking steroid tablets for more than a few weeks, you usually need to reduce your dose gradually. Stopping suddenly can cause your adrenal gland, which makes important hormones for the body, to stop working. Steroid tablets, also called corticosteroid tablets, are a type of anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat a range of conditions.