Ever since she was a child, Cecillia French, a fiancée and mother of one has been prescribed various types of topical steroids in efforts to cure her mild eczema. At the age of 34 she discovers that the steroids used to treat her mild eczema were in fact the fuel that started a full body condition known as Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome.
The concept is simple. Over periods of time, the body develops tolerance to topical steroids. As a result, the body requires more application of the steroid than previously needed to achieve the desired results. She decides to completely cut out all steroids to give her body an opportunity to heal. Never did she think the dependency of steroids would cause her body to deteriorate without it. Her skin condition became comparable to third degree burns. This path to recovery is currently not supported by the medical industry, but has been proven successful for many people with this condition. Her story is a testimony of her courage, patience, and confidence in the process she follows.
National Eczema Association
The National Eczema Association is the driving force for an eczema community fueled by knowledge, strengthened through collective action and propelled by the promise for a better future.
Advocating, educating, raising awareness, and providing support for a global community living with Eczema and Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome
Author of 'Anaphylaxis: The Essential Guide: An Action Plan For Living With Life-Threatening Allergies and The Shape of Skin, poems for eczema