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Eczema Nonprofit Seeks to Shine New Light on Overlooked Condition
Date:3/21/2013

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (PRWEB) March 21, 2013

ITSAN, a non-profit charity, is on a mission to combat the global health crisis that is topical steroid addiction. The organization’s main effort is to reach eczema patients with information about the correlation between topical steroids and worsening eczema. Topical steroids are the main medication used to treat eczema.

“In 30 years of practice I have seen over 2,000 patients who initially had eczema, either in youth, teen years or early adulthood. Each patient started off using cortisone creams. When the initial dose and potency no longer worked they were prescribed a higher potency with more frequent usage. In addition often pills and injections of cortisone were given,” said Dr. Rapaport.

“In all cases we decided to stop steroids and lo and behold, in one to three years, they were all cured. However, in each case the patient experienced a painful and debilitating withdrawal. They would swell, ooze, have difficulty functioning in school or work, scratch continually, and couldn’t sleep; we had to support them with other medication and keep them off steroids,” stated Dr. Rapaport.

Kelly Palace, president and Co-Founder of ITSAN, was diagnosed in 2009 with steroid induced eczema caused by her topical steroid addiction. Kelly decided to start a website to chronicle her recovery and alert people of the dangers associated with topical steroids. Since starting the site she has had over 100,000 web visits.

“I was critically covered in full body eczema with no recourse. I was given corticosteroid after corticosteroid and told there was nothing else I could do. I was getting worse and worse until I found Dr. Rapaport’s articles; he saved my life,” said ITSAN President Kelly Palace.

Kelly discovered thousands of people like her, over the Internet, suffering the same eczema like
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