TSW Syndrome and Resources for Doctors

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This page is a resource for Healthcare Providers seeking answers from the experts about Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome – also known as Topical Steroid Addiction and Red Skin Syndrome. 

Please read “Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome – Time to Bridge the Gap” a recently published article in the British Journal of Dermatology calling for improved topical steroid prescribing guidelines and patient support.

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Press release from GOV.UK – Drug safety update on the risk of Topical Steroid Withdrawal reactions to topical steroid medication from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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Government of Canada – Safety brief on topical corticosteroids and the risk of topical withdrawal reactions. Click here.

Please see the joint position statement on Topical Steroid Withdrawal by the National Eczema Society (United Kingdom) and British Association of Dermatologists:

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Please read this article on how to recognize TSW Syndrome, published by the National Eczema Association. Includes insight from eczema experts Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield, Dr. Eric Simpson, and Dr. Peter Lio.

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