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Topical Steroid Addiction (TSA) and Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW)


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"There is a growing concern amongst patients about topical corticosteroid (TCS) side effects, with increasing discussion of topical steroid addiction (TSA) and topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) particularly on social media platforms...However, concepts such as topical steroid addiction (TSA) and topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) are controversial with majority of the dermatological community questioning this entity. Differences in opinion between dermatologists and patients who believe in TSA/TSW create challenges in treatment and a failure to acknowledge the patient’s concerns can result in a weakening of the patient-healthcare relationship (ongoing study)."

Steroid Phobia: Is There a Basis? A Review of Topical Steroid Safety, Addiction and Withdrawal

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