See how a mother saved her son from steroid withdrawal
Topical steroid is the most commonly prescribed medicine for the treatment of severe skin disorders such as dermatitis, rashes, and eczema. Topical steroids have anti-inflammatory properties and hence, proven to be very effective in treating different skin conditions. However, long-term use of topical steroid also has several side-effects, particularly when given as treatment for eczema.
Read on to learn how Stephanie Smith, the mother of six –month-old Isaiah, saved the life of her newborn baby from the side-effects of “steroid withdrawal.”
1 Who is Isaiah?
Isaiah is a one-year-old boy who recovered from this rare skin disorder. He was only three months old when a red rash started to break out on Isaiah’s skin. His rashes became worse when he was exposed to perfumes and other intense odors. At some point, the condition became so critical that Isaiah’s skin ruptured and began to bleed and ooze.
2 What did the doctors say about his skin condition?
After a thorough checkup of Isaiah’s skin condition, doctors proclaimed that Isaiah had a bad case of eczema. In order to cure his skin condition, doctors prescribed him topical steroid ointment.
3 Did the ointment work?
At first, the rashes began to recede. After sometime, Isaiah’s skin condition became worse than before and the rashes covered his entire body. According to her mother, Stephanie Smith, the little baby needed more ointment to treat severe lesions. Isaiah’s hair began to fall out and he was hardly responsive. When Isaiah was five months old, an extreme outbreak struck him and his skin began to burst open. He was then admitted to the hospital and was treated heavily with steroids. His condition receded at first, but the outbreak returned after two days.
4 What did Stephanie Smith do to protect her son?
Stephanie wrapped Isaiah’s entire body with medical bandages and applied layer after layer of topical ointment. She also wrapped his hands so he couldn’t scratch his skin while sleeping. She kept Isaiah in the sink for hours as Isaiah felt better with water running over his skin. Stephanie spent several hours on the internet to find the best solution for her son’s severe skin condition. One day, while surfing the internet, she came to know about “steroid withdrawal” and how it could make the skin condition worse.
5 What did Stephanie do after realizing Isaiah’s problem?
Stephanie decided to stop his son’s steroid treatment and made her own lotions for Isaiah’s skin condition. A combination of zinc and lemongrass provided an effective result. After a few treatments, Isaiah’s skin had returned to normal. He is now a normal, happy, and active one-year-old baby.