Topical Steroid Withdrawal (Red Skin Syndrome). Avoiding the suffering of going ‘cold turkey’

Dr. Chris Reynolds has successfully eliminated topical steroid dependency/addiction in thousands of patients with the so-called “Red Skin Syndrome”. Here he …
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  1. Jamie Schweizer says:

    I used an over the counter antifungal cream (lotrimin) off and on for 4
    weeks. I’m no longer using it and my skin on my chest and back has become
    pink and feels like a slight sunburn. Could this be TSW? I’m very worried
    about permanet damage and healing time.I also have Generalized Anxiety
    Disorder so I’m really hoping I’m overreacting. I’m getting married in 3
    weeks and would like to see an even skin tone. Looking for peace of mind,
    Jamie. 

  2. Matt Prider says:

    My wife has gone cold turkey with her topical steroid addiction, been using
    since birth she is 45 years old. We are in Cairns Australia. The doctors in
    Australia are totally opposed to the notion that steroids are addictive ,
    They are fighting with my wife’s decision to quit them. So far my wife has
    had to go to hospital 3 times in 2.5 months since going cold turkey. She
    lasted 3 weeks at home, when she started. A week in hospital, 1 week at
    home, 3 weeks in hospital, 1 week at home, now back in hospital 4 days. She
    is in a horrible state, fearing death she has succumbed to oral steroids,
    yesterday. I was shocked that she, would jeopardise her recovery, but I do
    not know if this is bad or a good idea. They are also giving her drugs that
    suppress the immune system. Apparently these are also given to transplant
    patients. I have had to cut back from work to look after our children more
    and her, This is causing too much stress to all of us. Personally I do not
    think I can continue our relationship much longer. We have been together
    for 18-19 years. I guess what I am asking is. Will using the Oral steroids
    just make this take longer? Of course I am aware that my wife is in extreme
    pain and discomfort, but will this make it impossible to withdraw from the
    topical steroids. We have no one to ask here in Cairns for information.

  3. msUNIQUEbyMe says:

    First of all, I am going through TSW and I just want to say that I am so
    thankful that other doctor’s recognize how serious coming of topical
    steroids can be. And wheatgrass is beneficial even to healthy people. I
    dont think people need to be so harsh in response to this video (whether it
    works or not). At least there is more than 2 doctors in this world trying
    to help us reduce our suffering…I know we are all frustrated and there
    are doctor out there who think people like us are crazy and want to bathe
    us in topical steroids until we are healed (AND THEN REPEAT!). Again,
    thank you doctor for at least trying to come up with a possible solution to
    aid us during these very painful times. If wheatgrass doesnt help with
    TSW then at least your insides will thank you ;) 

  4. Delia Dontogan says:

    Thank you for your positive feedback. For the benefit of others who may
    wish to try wheatgrass spray to help reduce rebound inflammation while
    going ‘cold turkey’ off topical steroids I would like to make a couple of
    points.
    First, with regard to the burning. It is not necessary to apply the
    wheatgrass spray directly on to the affected areas for it to work. It can
    be just as effective by spraying some liquid into your hand and spreading
    it over the unaffected skin around the rebound areas. Secondly, wheatgrass
    can significantly shorten the withdrawal time, and of course it can vary
    considerably between individuals. On a rough average in my own experience
    it takes about one year for the skin to settle completely, so you possibly
    have some way to go yet. One needs to be cognisant of the severe damage
    these drugs can do to the immune system and how precariously they can
    expose the body to infection and even auto-immune diseases in the long term.
    Kind regards,
    Dr. Chris Reynolds. 

  5. Dr. Chris Reynolds says:

    Thank you for your positive feedback. For the benefit of others who may
    wish to try wheatgrass spray to help reduce rebound inflammation while
    going ‘cold turkey’ off topical steroids I would like to make a couple of
    points.
    First, with regard to the burning. It is not necessary to apply the
    wheatgrass spray directly on to the affected areas for it to work. It can
    be just as effective by spraying some liquid into your hand and spreading
    it over the unaffected skin around the rebound areas. Secondly, wheatgrass
    can significantly shorten the withdrawal time, and of course it can vary
    considerably between individuals. On a rough average in my own experience
    it takes about one year for the skin to settle completely, so you possibly
    have some way to go yet. One needs to be cognisant of the severe damage
    these drugs can do to the immune system and how precariously they can
    expose the body to infection and even auto-immune diseases in the long term.
    Kind regards,
    Dr. Chris Reynolds. 

  6. Matt Prider says:

    Back again 3 am, cant sleep worried about my wife. Apparently me wife had
    organ failure as in her skin, almost took her Kidneys out to. The oral
    cortisone has eased the pain for my wife, however I am fairly confident
    this will prolong the agony in the future. She has also started a course of
    Azathioprine. They have been giving her strong pain meds to, like Endone,
    tramadol, etc. I would have thought a sedative would be a good idea ,but
    what to get that is not going to cause more issues.
    We have yet to find a sympathetic doctor in the area.
    Her plan is to only have the oral steroids for 2 weeks and hopefully she
    can then get some relief, and then come home. Our house is not a hospital
    it is not possible to keep it hygienic like a hospital. I still need to
    earn a living, look after children, feed, cook, clean, etc. I personally do
    not want my wife here as I am unable to care for her.
    We did move here at considerable cost, because my wife contacted the
    dermatologist here, who did sound sympathetic then when we finally got here
    she had moved and the new Guy is a nightmare.
    Apparently they are going to close down the dermatology dept. at the Cairns
    hospital. Strange move since they just spent
    $600 million to double its capacity.
    They have sent in a Nazi dermatologist from somewhere the other day, she
    ordered that my wife has no more than one bath or shower a day. So now my
    wife has to sneak out at odd times like 3 am in the morning just to wash
    the painful ooze off. Has anyone heard of a doctor in Australia that is
    sympathetic to this cause? 

  7. Mary Ngo says:

    My pleasure. I recently had a flare 2 days ago and when I wasn’t using dr
    wheatgrass it’d honestly take weeks and months to heal and it’d never heal
    properly but now 2 days later the flare has healed. Unfortunately the
    steroid induced eczema is constantly fighting to get out but I’m grateful I
    finally have something that can control it. If I had used this instead of
    steroids when I had normal eczema I have no doubt I wouldn’t have become
    addicted. But I didn’t know any better and was taught to depend on
    steroids. Dr Chris, I am also using the spray on my hair as well as topical
    steroid withdrawal sufferers have all experienced varying degrees of
    hairloss/ thinning, some have lost all of it. Since stopping steroid my
    hair has significantly thinned at the hairline and I continue to get
    thinning and bald patches all throughout my head. I saw on your site that
    you have had cases where it helps hair regrow, do you think this is
    possible and if so how long do you think I would need to use it until I see
    results? So far nothing has stopped the thinning and loss. I am also using
    the gel on my lips ever since I stopped Vaseline cold turkey after years of
    use and it cracked and bled severely as I have found out Vaseline also
    contains addictive ingredients that make us dependent on it. The cream has
    definitely helped with that too. 

  8. Joey Brown says:

    I tried this method plus using low doses of prednisone (oral steroids) at
    Dr. Reynold’s advice and it did nothing but hold off the inevitable of
    steroid withdrawal. I stayed off the steroids creams and took 20 mg.of oral
    steroids only to flare each time I got down to 5 mg. I did this for about
    six weeks in my mid 7-8th month of topical steroid withdrawal and regret
    ever taking the orals as they can exacerbate the withdrawal. I don’t know
    of anyone in the ITSAN steroid withdrawal forum who has done this method
    and had it minimize their suffering or shorten the withdrawal time. 

  9. Mary Ngo says:

    I am going through steroid withdrawal, into my 8 month now and started
    using the wheatgrass spray and cream as well as shots a month ago. I didn’t
    want to say anything until the three month mark but I definitely see a
    difference. It healed my flares and continues to heal my flares. What I
    think now is that it does heal the skin but it will not speed up the
    withdrawal time but for me it speeds up the healing time of a flare in
    January which stayed for 3 months before I purchased dr what grass. I have
    not flared as badly since and my skin seems to be getting back a bit of
    healing power and my skin is progressively getting better, I could pass my
    skin off as bad eczema as opposed to the red skin steroid induced eczema it
    looked like before. I will continue to use it and blog my thoughts then. In
    short I don’t want to jinx it but it is working for me. 

  10. Azeem Shahid says:

    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.

  11. Adam Jefferies says:

    what do i do with the weatgrass exactly??? i went cold turkey about a year
    ago but would like know if the weatgrass can help me now as i still have
    eczema bad on and off…… sometimes its like i haven’t even got eczema
    then for a month or 2 i have it… but anyway its nowhere near as bad as
    when i was using steroids.

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