July 6, 2021

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Summer 2021 Newsletter

It’s hard to know whether spring actually ever arrived, or if we went straight from winter to summer, but a change in season can bring about changes in your skin. Here are some things to think about and some tips to manage some potential new concerns as the weather fluctuates.

Spring/Summer Skincare Tips

  • POLLEN: Try to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is very high. Early morning and around dusk is when pollen levels are highest so try to plan outdoor activity at other times if possible

  • WASH OFF IRRITANTS: Change your clothes and brush or wash your hair if you have been in contact with pollen or other irritants such as chemicals or perfumes

  • DUST AND VACUUM REGULARLY: Dead skin cells can attract dust mites which can make you itchy. Pollen and other debris can also trigger allergic responses so it is a good idea to keep on top of cleaning if you can. Wipe down hard surfaces with a damp cloth to trap the dust and avoid sending it back into the air

  • WASH YOUR BEDDING AT A HIGH TEMPERATURE: Wash your bedding at 60 degrees to kill off germs, bacteria and irritants that might build up, as well as helping you to feel fresh at bedtime. Try an allergy safe duvet and mattress/pillow protectors

  • SUN PROTECTION: While vitamin D is good for us, steroid-damaged skin can be very thin and can burn easily. Try to cover up and stay in the shade where possible and if you can tolerate sunscreen, wear a high factor
  • KEEPING COOL: As temperatures increase, it can cause skin to feel hot which then increases the itch. Stay in the shade or indoors if you can and use fans and ice packs to keep cool.

Mental Health

May also brought Mental Health Awareness Week.TSW can significantly affect your mental health and it is so important to take care of yourself during this time.

TSW & Mental Health

We recently shared some tips on our Instagram

You can also seek professional support through your GP or NHS urgent mental health helpline or call Samaritans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 116 123.

““You live most of your life inside your head, make sure it’s a nice place to be”

Yellow Card Scheme

For UK based TSW sufferers: Report your suspected reactions to topical steroids via MHRA’s ‘Yellow Card Scheme’. Click here for a walk through guide to filling out the online form.

MHRA are aware of TSW. They have recently conducted a review of cases and have encouraged us to report our own reactions. Multiple corticosteroids can be included in one report. As much detail as possible around dates of use would be particularly helpful.

Yellow Card Scheme

Write to your MP

Our latest campaign focuses on making MPs aware of our condition and asking them to raise the issue of steroid safety in the House of Commons.

We have created a handy template for you to use so that you can easily write to your MP to tell them about TSW and ask them to take action. You can find the template here and you just need to add some personal information to the template before it’s ready to send, it shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes!

MP Letter Guide

Love and healing thoughts from Holly + the Scratch That team

“The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from the darkness, that we too can shine our own light” S.Anja.

Summer 2021

July 6th, 2021|0 Comments

It’s hard to know whether spring actually ever arrived, or if we went straight from winter to summer, but a change in season can bring about changes in your skin. Here are some things to think about and some tips to manage some potential new concerns as the weather fluctuates.

November 2020

November 11th, 2020|0 Comments

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the site and helped us create something we were only dreaming of a year ago. We have created this resource for you to share with new sufferers and for people who want to understand more about TSW.

October 2020

October 21st, 2020|0 Comments

This is our first ever newsletter! October is Eczema Awareness Month. The Topical Steroid Withdrawal community is closely linked to the eczema community and we a proud supporters of the year’s awareness campaign.