Wow. Hard to believe on Feb 8 I passed the 2 year TSW mark. So..My history is eczema since birth. (now 37). In Childhood, I had eczema probably over my whole body through the years but never at once. In later life, mainly on hands, until I noticed it spreading to inner thighs and a few other areas I had not had reoccuring eczema. Yup.. Steroids since I can remember. Tried everything to get rid of my eczema with no luck. And I mean everything. Found ITSAN on Feb 8 2015. Couldn't believe what I was reading.. So I thought what the hell..I'll stop steroids and see what happens..WORD of ADVICE. It is real and you should really plan on going through this experience. My wife , who's a nurse, thought I was crazy to believe and internet doctor..So did I, until Red Skin showed up within a week and spread like crazy.. Hands brutal, inner and outer thighs red, eye swollen, patches on armpits, stomach etc. zingers, literally jumping out of bed, sleep loss etc. Most of the symptoms ITSAN discusses. Likely I never had full body but was scared *tless I would..
Tried many remedies..and the best one and hardest one was Moisturizer Withdrawl. I was moisturizing 10-20 times a day before TSW..not going to discuss this process in detail as I have already posted numerous posts on this topic. Read Dr. Fukayas blog to learn more.
Where am I now... RED SKIN SYNDROME is gone... I wouldn't say I am cured of "eczema" yet but no more red.. My hands flare in localized dryness which still cracks at times, but less then when using steroids. Still think I am healing and will continue to heal. Hopefully get to 100%. Redness and crazyness took about 1.5 years of on and off flaring to subside. I never thought I would get to where I am now.
TSW or RED SKIN SYNDROME has changed my life. It is the most embarrassing and difficult thing I have every experienced. No one understands. (my wife does now.lol) It really makes you look at life different as many have mentioned before me..
Anyway, there is lots more to say but thought I'd give an update.
Thank you ITSAN, DR. RAP, FUKAYA and others who have shared there experiences.