This project is run by people without any kind of medical qualifications. We are not trying to encourage patients to come off their medication and would never actively do this. We just want to raise awareness for our condition because we strongly believe it deserves to be recognised.
We are not able to give out any kind of medical advice and always advise people to go speak to their doctor (so sorry but we cannot respond to messages asking for individual advice!). We understand that it can be hard and sometimes impossible to find a supportive doctor for this condition, however they are out there, and there are ways of communicating with your doctor that can make this process easier (see ‘Talking to Your Doctor’).
If you are confused and want more information about Topical Steroid Addiction and Withdrawal, ITSAN.org is another fantastic resource so head to their website! Our website is in its infancy and we have a lot more information to add.
We want to work with medical professionals, not against them. The ‘Scratch That’ campaign’s aim is to use our personal experiences to change the way steroids are prescribed in order to improve the way chronic skin conditions are treated and managed in the UK. Our main goal is to create change as we cannot provide medical support ourselves (as much as we’d like to be able to).
We do not believe any medical professionals have intentionally made us ill. We understand that it is very difficult to distinguish Atopic Dermatitis and other skin conditions from Topical Steroid Addiction. We can only change this by raising awareness of the reality of this condition.