Topical corticosteroids withdrawal (sometimes called “topical steroid addiction” or “Red Skin Syndrome”) appears to be a clinical adverse effect that can occur when topical corticosteroids are inappropriately used or overused, then stopped. It can result from prolonged, frequent, and inappropriate use of moderate to high potency topical corticosteroids, especially on the face and genital area, but is not limited to these criteria. In reviewing the studies that were used for the systematic review, it is thought that adult women who blush easily are a population particularly at risk. Very few cases have been reported in children, but no large-scale studies have attempted to quantify the incidence. Thus, continued vigilance and adherence to a safe, long-term treatment plan developed in conjunction with your dermatology provider is advised.
Dr WG. Your video is wrong. Topical steroids cannot be tapered in red skin
syndrome. Please do your research and read the papers on red skin syndrome.
It is very nice to see a doctor like yourself who supports the idea of
topical steroid addiction, but please, do not cause additional suffering by
suggesting tapering works. Furthermore, no pill, cream, herb, or grass will
help with recovery, period. Wheatgrass will not help and NO ONE heals in
six months or less. It can take up to 4 years and the only thing that will
heal is time and staying completely off topical steroids.