Career: Associate Professor of English
When did you cease using topical steroids: I stopped using all steroids on May 10, 2016
What type did you use: I used Desoximetasone .25% ointment, Triamcinolone .1% cream, and Clobetasol .05% solution
What is your favorite product for comfort? Dead Sea Salts and a basic zinc-oxide cream. And Instagram #tsw
What is the hardest thing to deal with during this condition? I’ve seen a lot of people talk about how hard the “not-knowing” is, and how hard it is on families (thanks for helping Mom & Dad) —that’s all true. But for me, the hardest part was the horrendous itching and sleeplessness. It was like being possessed by a demon.
What is the first thing you will do when healed? The first thing I’ll do when I’m healed (this question makes me cry) is play in the ocean with my wife and young daughters. I missed them so much while I was laid-out. Then I’m going to have a word with my dermatologist.
Career: Administrative Assistant (but had to take 5 months sick leave from work due to TSW)
When did you cease using topical steroids: September 3, 2016
What type did you use: Clobetasol
What is your favorite product for comfort? Epsom salt baths, glaxal base cream, zinc cream, tea tree spray with peppermint
What is the hardest thing to deal with during this condition? When I was at my worst, I would have to say the pain of my skin was unbearable everyday. The open cuts, swelling and the constant itch was so hard to deal with. Missing out on so many events and limited time with family and friends.
What is the first thing you will do when healed? Spend the day at the beach, and swim in the ocean