For those suffering with eczema, topical steroid creams are the favored treatment of many doctors. But the side effects of these steroid creams are often something that many patients are unwilling to go through or put their children through. Many eczema patients are finding relief with the natural treatments of EczeMate, which relieves pain and itching while healing the skin. But what about those who have used steroid creams in the past but want to switch? Prolonged use can lead to steroid withdrawal discomfort.
If you are thinking of or in the process of switching your treatment to a natural product, here are some tips to help ease the withdrawal discomfort you may experience.
#1 Make a Plan
Steroid usage is monitored by a doctor and stopping its usage should be monitored as well. Talk to your doctor about your intentions and seek guidance for decreasing your usage with them.
#2 Consider Taking Medical Leave
The symptoms of withdrawal can make work nearly impossible. Talk with your supervisors at your work and see if you can get time off while your body transitions.
#3 Arrange for Childcare
If you have young children, you may want to consider hiring a babysitter to handle most of the childcare work while you transition.
#4 Expect Your Life to be Disrupted
Many patients experience pain, full-body rashes and flushing. These symptoms can go on for months. Being aware ahead of time can minimize disruptions to your schedule and allows you to plan ahead for potential crises.
#5 Develop a “Safe Scratch” plan
During the withdrawal process, itching may hit an all-time high for discomfort. Developing a “safe scratch” plan can minimize damage to your skin.
#6 Soft Scratch Tools
Try using a rubber comb to “scratch” the itchy spots. This will prevent breaking the skin and risking infection.
#7 60 Second Rule
Follow a 60 second pause rule. When the itching becomes unbearable and you’re just about ready to scratch your skin down to the bone, try sitting on your hands and counting to 60 or even 100. The uncontrollable urge to itch will sometimes pass if you break contact. Scratching can make the itch worse.
#8 Scratching is a Habit
Remember that scratching can become habitual. Always ask yourself before you scratch, whether you can stand to ignore it.
#9 Good Hygiene
Always have your fingernails trimmed short and filed. Just in case.
#10 Cold Treatment
Try changing the temperature of your skin where the itch is the worst. Cold packs, cool baths, and cool washcloths can help alleviate the itch.
#11 Find a Distraction
Give yourself an activity that will distract you from the itching. Watch a movie, play a game, read a book. Whatever works.
Use EczeMate to moisturize your sensitive skin and create a protective barrier over the area.
#13 Gauze Wraps
If your withdrawals are severe you might want to consider wrapping the skin with clean gauze after you moisturize. This extra barrier can help to minimize itching.
#14 Reduce Allergens
Laundry soap, dust, pollen, wood smoke and ash, these things can cause a flare up of eczema. Try to keep these things to a minimum.
#15 Make a Car Kit
Keep a kit for emergencies in your car. If you have some antihistamines, EczeMate ointment, and gauze in your car you can treat the itch even if you’re away from home.
Remember that healing is a process. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t go the way you planned, lasts longer than you’d like, or makes you more uncomfortable than you expected. Your health is important, give your body time.