‘Topical Steroid Withdrawal’ (TSW) is an iatrogenic condition, meaning it is caused by medication.
TSW is not a psychological addiction, but a physical, systemic dependency on the synthetic cortisol hormone which is absorbed when topical steroids are rubbed into the skin.
Topical steroids are anti-inflammatory prescription creams commonly used to treat skin conditions such as eczema.
Topical Steroid Addiction (TSA) and the subsequent withdrawal (TSW) can be so debilitating, it can put one’s physical and mental health at serious risk. Many sufferers become seriously ill, causing them to lose their independence and reducing their quality of life.