VIDEO: Sheila’s Story of Recovery from Topical Steroid Withdrawal.
To summarize this period of time (2016 – 2018), I was prescribed courses of antibiotics for skin infections. I made visits to the emergency room, once for an abscess with cellulitis on my back, once for an allergic reaction to the antibiotic Bactrim. I was seen by a dermatologist for the abscess and he wanted to inject it with Kenalog. I made the choice to research this drug first and discovered Kenalog was a steroid. I was seen by an allergist and tested for a hand full of food allergies and latex allergy, all negative. Instead, I was having an allergic reaction to Bactrim (shown in the picture). When I showed up at the ER a few days later, red from head to toe, the PA immediately recognized the allergy that the Allergist had missed.
During this same time, I was itching with hives up my arms and down my legs for over a week. I was in touch with my MD at the time, texting pictures and was told “that’s a hivey rash” and “Prednisone when you’re ready”. I previously refused Prednisone because I had an adverse reaction to it several years ago when I had taken it for poison ivy, yet it was being pushed upon me as my only option. I stood my ground. So, I am thankful for the times I narrowly avoided more steroids.
Steroids were causing my skin to become worse. My doctor was treating it as if it was atopic dermatitis/eczema, when in reality it was steroid induced eczema. The “cure” was the cause. A year ago, in the Fall of 2018, my hands were so inflamed that I decided I could no longer struggle through my job as a dental hygienist. I was allowed 5 weeks off of work to see if my hands would heal, believing my issue was related to my work, in particular the gloves I was wearing. During this time I experienced almost complete healing.
By this time, I had mostly eliminated the use of topical steroids. I remember my MD saying he would prescribe a higher potency of the steroid ointment and if my symptoms started to come back, I needed to “hit it hard”. I was able to go back to work and then slowly the irritation began
to return and I began using the stronger steroid ointment. By February of 2019, I came to the realization that once again, I was addicted to it. Somewhere along the way, after trying every oil, creme, and moisturizer marketed for eczema, I noticed my skin was better when I did not use anything.
By March of 2019, I was desperate. I now know my skin was being damaged by the topical steroids I was using. Unfortunately, most of the medical community denies the possibility. Although the symptoms I was experiencing are listed as side effects, doctors ignore the connection or brush it off as rare.
I again tried various supplements and tried various detox protocols. Members on the facebook group shared their own frustrating experiences with Doctors and Dermatologists, and the majority were left feeling frustrated and mistreated. As an example, you can read my own post on a very disheartening encounter with a dermatologist on June 28 2019: an outbreak of hives or a rash on my body meant I went to a head dermatologist. She treated me so badly and with such arrogance that I cried all the way home.
On evening I was watching the news, and heard the words ‘skincare’ and ‘research’. I had chills run through my body realising this was the missing link to my healing. The JooMo Twins had researched and developed a skin wash for long term skin health in my local area. After receiving a personal email response, I met with Kit who was visiting his twin, Sam, in the US.
At this time, I had been using their product, JooMo, for 2 weeks, and I’d noticed an immediate difference in my skin. It was different from any other product I’d tried. The burning, itching, tightness and cracking almost completely disappeared within the first two weeks.
VIDEO: The JooMo Twins on ABC News