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Steroid Withdrawal Protocol

Hope’s Relief – our Top Selling Itchy Dry Skin relief for the skin and scalp

The general rule with steroid withdrawal is the longer a person has been using steroids, the longer it should be before it is completely removed. Stopping suddenly after prolonged use can cause a flare up before Hope’s Relief has had time to start working.

Below is a suggested guide for reducing the steroid cream & replacing with the Hope’s Relief Cream.

Been using steroids for 6 Months or less   =   1 week to withdraw 
Been using steroids for 6 months to 1.5 years   =   2 weeks to withdraw
Been using steroids for 1.5 years or greater   =   3 weeks to withdraw

This suggested changeover may need to be longer if the case is severe.

Another key to withdrawing from steroids is to reduce the steroid cream amount used by half. Replace the missing half with the Hope’s Relief Cream. Over the above suggested time frame, depending on how long you have been using steroids, continue to reduce the steroid and replace it with the Hope’s Relief Cream until you are only using the Hope’s Relief Cream. This will minimise the risk of having a flare up. It is important to also maintain moisture levels in the skin by using Hope’s Relief Moisturising Lotion at a separate time of day from the Hope’s Relief Cream.

Symptoms of withdrawal from steroid use

  • Increased redness and itching
  • Pustules and blistering
  • General worsening of the condition

These symptoms can include increased itching, redness and irritation - this can still occur even if you have started using the Hope’s Relief products. Sometimes the new product can be mistakenly considered as the cause of this which is not the case.

Q – I have been using a steroid cream; is this a problem?

A – Be aware if you stop using a steroid cream that it could cause a flare up – the reason being that the steroid suppresses the condition, drives it deeper into your system, so when you stop using the steroid cream, it will come back often worse than before.

Q – Will Hope’s Relief Cream clash with the steroid cream?

A – Better to completely stop using the steroid cream if you feel your condition can be managed. If you feel you still need the steroid cream, reduce the dose slowly whilst still applying the Hope’s Relief Cream. The suggested method is to reduce the steroid cream by half the amount you are using. Further reduce the steroid cream by half the new amount you are using once the condition is being managed with Hope’s Relief Cream. Once the condition is being managed you should be able to completely remove using the steroid cream.

Q –Does Hope’s Relief Cream contain steroids?

A – No, the Hope’s Relief Cream does not contain steroids; however the Hope’s Relief range does have Licorice Root which is an alternative natural soothing ingredient.

 


Frequently Asked Questions About Hope's Relief Ithcy Dry Skin Cream

Q:  What does Hope's Relief Premium Itchy Dry Skin Cream do?

A:  It is a Triple Action formula.

  • Itch Relief – calms and soothes irritated itchy skin.
  • Supports Skin Repair – Aids repair of dry, red, cracked itchy skin naturally.
  • Moisturises Deep – penetrates deep to soften dry cracked skin and support natural healing.
  • It is Ideal for dry, itchy, red, angry irritated skin conditions, replenishing your skins appearance back to normal.

Q:  Who is Hope's Relief Itchy Dry Skin Cream for?

A:  Hope’s Relief Cream is gentle enough yet strong enough for all age groups -   babies, children and adults.  It is ideal for anyone with sensitive, itchy, dry skin conditions.

Q:  Can i use Hope's Relief Cream on sensitive areas of the body such as eyes or genital area?

A:  Hope’s Relief Cream is very gentle and can be used sensibly on sensitive areas.  Simply apply a little less cream and ensure as little as possible of the cream enters the body opening.

Q:  How often should I apply the cream?

A:  3 – 4 times a day or as necessary OR morning and night and use Hope’s Relief Moisturising Lotion throughout the day to replenish moisture in your skin.

Q:  How long will it take to work?

A:  It depends on the individual.  Some may notice virtually instant relief from the itch, others may take a little longer.  It depends on the severity, how long you have had the problem and what you have been using before.

Q:  Will Hope's Relief sting?

A:  In some severe cases where the skin is badly scratched or open, stinging may be experienced on application.  This is to be expected when the skin is cracked and exposed.  However, no one has ever reported stinging to last longer than that.  After about 2 or 3 days, the stinging should cease completely, as the new skin rejuvenates.

Q:  I have been using a steroid cream - is this a problem?

A:  Be aware that it could cause a flare-up if steroids are stopped abruptly. The reason being that the steroid suppresses the condition, drives it deeper into your system, so when its stopped, it may come back worse than before even though Hope’s Relief is starting to be applied.  It is best to persevere knowing that Hope’s Relief will help settle it down and replenish the skin.  In very severe cases Hope’s Relief can be applied at the same time and then the steroid cream can slowly be withdrawn.

The healing process:   Whilst Hope’s Relief cream is an excellent skin moisturiser, when it comes to the lesions from irritated skin conditions, it may make them dry and flaky.  If you notice this, then continue applying Hope’s Relief cream 3 to 4 times per day, as directed on the label.  The “damaged” skin has to come off, so it will continue flaking until clean skin is revealed.  This process may take from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of your condition.  If your irritated skin condition was very severe, it is possible that the new skin may be slightly pink at first.  This should fade over time as Hope’s Relief is excellent in helping reduce the appearance of scarring.


 Hope’s Relief Shampoo & Conditioner

Q: How are these products different from other shampoos and conditioners?

A: They are Natural, Premium, Concentrated products specifically formulated for Flaky, Dry Scalp Conditions and Dandruff. The Shampoo and Conditioner do not contain toxic or harsh ingredients or sodium lauryl sulphate. They are pH balanced and biodegradable.

Q: What are the main ingredients?

A: Based on same active ingredients as in Hope’s Relief cream, Manuka honey NPA10+, Calendula, Aloe Vera, Licorice extract, Gotu Kola

Q: Are they all natural / organic?

A: Yes, they are completely natural and certified organic where possible.

Q: Do they contain any animal products?

A: No, but Manuka honey is insect derived.

Q: Are they scented?

A: No artificial fragrance but you may be able to smell the natural ingredients such as licorice.

Q: Can they be used for pregnant women / newborn babies / young children?

A: Yes, in fact they are perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

Q: What about for sensitive eyes?

A: OK but obviously close your eyes while rinsing.

Q: Are the ingredients high quality?

A: The ingredients are of High Quality – only the best available are used and these cost much more than using cheaper detergents. As they are very rich and concentrated only a small amount is needed. As a result it should last longer and work out to be more economical.

Q: I don’t have any particular scalp problems – are they good for me to use?

A: Yes, they make great natural hair care products with no irritants. It leaves the hair clean, soft and bouncy.

Q: Will it strip the oils from my hair?

A: The shampoo and conditioner do not strip the hair’s natural oils or damage follicles leading to hair loss. They do not contain any toxic chemicals to be absorbed through the skin.

Q: How often should I use them?

A: They are very gentle to use so they can be used daily if required.

Q: Are they suitable for use on coloured hair?

A: Yes the products do not contain harsh chemicals that would strip hair colour.

Q: Which should I leave on my hair for longer – the shampoo or the conditioner?

A: Both the Shampoo and Conditioner should be used initially for maximum benefits. Then you can just use the Shampoo as a daily maintenance cleanser if you prefer. Leave the Conditioner in for at least 2-3 minutes for the best results.

Q: Do the shampoo and conditioner lather up?

A: Yes; even though they are sodium sulphate free they are lower foaming but they still do lather up well.

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