I read a recent study titled:
“A prospective study of atopic dermatitis managed without topical corticosteroids for a 6-month period.”
Here is an excerpt that I found extremely interesting and identified with immediately.
“Topical steroid addiction also known as the red burning skin syndrome may occur after prolonged use of TCS and has been discussed for many years. The skin produces cortisol, and so prolonged application of TCS can suppress this cortisol production in the same way that systemic steroids suppress the production of cortisol in the adrenal gland. Once the production of cortisol in the skin is impaired, irritants and allergens from the environment cause increased inflammation unless there is a consistent supply of TCS, and so the eczema becomes refractory. Prolonged use of TCS has been shown to cause a patchy defect of cortisol staining in the epidermis.”
This month has been rough on my sleep schedule. I can’t remember the last time I had this much trouble, probably around the beginning of the year. It’s been especially hard balancing work while not being able to get any sleep until 5AM and then having to get up at 6:30AM. Basically this whole month has revolved around work and catching up on sleep, which makes me feel really unproductive in life. I’m not even working every day either, usually only 2 or 3 days a week but even that much is hard to manage. I also slipped up on my coffee intake earlier in the month which seemed to really mess me up. Or it could have just been a regular TSW flare but coffee and black tea really seems to destroy my skin after a couple of weeks of steady intake. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now but I’m on that caffeine and sugar teet and it’s been harder than I thought it would be to cut it out. Green tea seems to be a much better alternative, both to get my lymphatic fluid flowing and it doesn’t seem to dehydrate me.
I’ve also been trying out this beeswax hand balm as a moisturizer. It’s made locally to where I live, is all natural and doesn’t have any ingredients in it that I can’t identify. Most commercial moisturizers that I’ve tried end up irritating my skin and delay healing.
UPDATE: I started taking anti-histamines during the day and they have certainly made a big difference in my sleep. I’m sleeping pretty well through the whole night now. Reactine extra strength has been my go to but I don’t really like the idea of long time usage and reliance on it so I’ve switched it up to drinking a couple of pots of chamomile tea at night. I’m hoping it has a similar effect. Right now I feel like I have my eczema under control but I have to be diligent to not succumb to my triggers otherwise the whole thing goes to pot and life becomes unliveable.