Topical Steroid Addiction (TSA) – A Challenge for Change – 7/8
My “White Paper” (Blog 28) issues a challenge to all involved in caring for the community of suffering TSA patients to change their misguided course. All the dermatologists and practicing physicians, all the patient support groups, all the eczema societies, all the editors and peer reviewers of the journals in which my papers were published, and finally the President and Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology are being addressed and challenged to make a seismic shift in their attitudes. Will there be a willingness and open mindedness to change the existing long-term pattern of misunderstanding misdiagnosis and mistreatment? The eczema support organizations particularly the National Eczema Association (NEA) are challenged to change their approach to this problem and stop asking for more donations, funding, trips, or legislations to beg for more unnecessary research. They must be willing to absorb the decrease in funding from pharmaceutical companies and other public and/or private sources. The answer is already here: NO steroids and the patients need to be directed to appropriate and caring physicians to aid them through their withdrawal process to cure. No further data is needed. No more money is required.
Only one who is in pain really senses nothing but himself.
3200 cured patients demonstrate that there is no “bad” eczema warranting newer and potentially more dangerous interventions. Instead, the worsening conditions of patients’ eczema are due to the prolonged usage of corticosteroids – the misguided dermatological standard for five decades. All 3200 of my patients were treated with only one changed variable – the cessation of all corticosteroids – and they were all cured.