I used Protopic for about 10 years, almost every day and my eczema never got better. In fact, it actually got worse.
At the time, it was a great alternative to steroid creams but it never cured my eczema.
After experiencing topical steroid withdrawal (TSW), I started researching about the short and long term side effects of these medications.
So what is Protopic?
Some of the skin related sides effects are:
- skin tingling
- chickenpox or shingles
- stinging, burning, or itching of the skin area being treated
- skin infection in the area where the medication was applied
- increased sensitivity of the skin to hot or cold temperatures
This post is not meant to scare you or blame the drug.
I want to educate you on the drug, to make sure you don’t overuse them like I did and many other people around the world.
If the health care system won’t teach me how to use these medications as a kid, the least I can do is teach you.
I was prescribed this medication as a kid. So I didn’t bother reading the size 5 font brochure.
So what can I do instead?
Well, you first need to figure out why your eczema is out of control in the first place. Even if it’s a small patch, your body is trying to tell you something.
Most skin conditions are not skin conditions at all.
There is an imbalance internally and your body is communicating to you through your skin. Some people will have a different symptoms when there is an imbalance. Some people will gain weight, some will have bad migraines and some will have acne.
For you and me, the imbalance is appearing in the form of eczema.
It’s your job to be the Sherlock Holmes of your mind, body and spirit.
What are you eating? What products are you using on your skin? What emotional stressors are you dealing with?
While you start your healing journey, you can find a wide range of natural creams to help with your eczema.
One of my go to creams is a calendula based ointment or salve. You will be able to find this at your nearest health food store or online!
Benefits of Calendula
- Relieve skin inflammations and irritations and to
- Aid in wound healing
- Speeding and enhancing the healing process
- Promoting tissue regeneration
There are so many natural alternatives out there and it might feel overwhelming on where to start. My recommendation is to start with the foods you consume and the products you apply on your skin.
One more thing…
If you stumbled upon my blog through the internet or my social media accounts, you are reading this for a reason.
You want to heal your eczema and take back control of your life.
You are tired of the constant itch scratch cycle.
You are tired of the negative thoughts running in the back of your mind.
Use this as an opportunity to start making the small changes today that will compound over the next months and years. The first step I would take is incorporating more vitamin C into your diet.
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. – Hippocrates
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