Eczema sufferer, 23, is left 'looking like a lobster' after horrific reaction to steroid creamsBy Madlen Dakota steroid cream for MailOnline. A young women prescribed steroid cream for her eczema says she was left looking like a 'lobster' after using it. Tayla McLuskie developed eczema as a child and was advised to use steroid creams by her GP. The year-old, from Manor Park, London, was horrified to find that she looked 'lobster red' after applying up to 12 tubes of steroid cream a week to her rashes - far more than the decanter of endless water uses recommends. Some days, her skin was so sore she had to be helped out of bed and dressed by her mother, Sharon.
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By Madlen Davies for MailOnline. A young women prescribed steroid cream for her eczema says she was left looking like a 'lobster' after using it.
Tayla McLuskie developed eczema as a child and was advised to use steroid creams by her GP. The year-old, from Manor Park, London, was horrified to find that she looked 'lobster red' after applying up to 12 tubes of steroid cream a week to her rashes - far more than the NHS recommends.
Some days, her skin was so sore she had to be helped out of bed and dressed by her mother, Sharon. Miss McLuskie even resorted to sleeping outside in winter in a bid to cool down after she felt like she was being cooked. But when she begged her GP for help, she claims she was simply told to apply more steroid cream. Tayla McLuskie, 23, was left looking 'lobster red' after suffering a horrific reaction to steroid creams prescribed for her eczema. The reaction was so bad Miss McLuskie could barely walk, and her mother had to help her get out of bed and get dressed.
She was forced to give up her job as a barmaid and waitress. Her hands are pictured during a flare up. Eventually Miss McLuskie was referred to a dermatologist, who took her off steroid creams and treated her with herbal remedies. Now, she is finally seeing an improvement in her skin and has vowed never to use steroid creams again. Not sweat, but weeping from all over my skin. I would bathe for five hours as it brought some comfort to my skin. Topical corticosteroids, or topical steroids, are creams, gels or ointments containing corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids are hormones that can reduce inflammation redness and swelling , suppress the immune system and narrow the blood vessels in the skin. Their main purpose is to reduce skin inflammation and irritation. Topical corticosteroids usually only need to be used once or twice a day for a few days or weeks at a time and should only be applied directly to the affected areas of skin.
Occasionally, a doctor may suggest using a topical corticosteroid less frequently but over a longer period of time, to help prevent periods where symptoms worsen. If used as directed, topical corticosteroids are a very safe treatment. The most common side effect is a burning or stinging sensation when the medication is applied, but this usually improves as the skin gets used to the treatment.
Serious side effects, such as thinning of the skin and changes in skin colour, usually only occur if too much potent or very potent topical corticosteroids are used for a long period.
Miss McLuskie was repeatedly prescribed the creams after being diagnosed with eczema as a child. Steroid creams are used to treat eczema as they reduce inflammation. According to the NHS, they should only be applied once or twice a day for a few days or weeks at a time. A thin layer should only be applied directly to the affected areas of skin. In April this year, her eczema had got so bad she went to the GP, who told her to used the cream all over her body.
And even though the creams made her skin worse, she claims her doctor kept giving her more tubes. Her symptoms got so bad she became convinced she was suffering from a more serious illness. But her GP, who visited her at home as she couldn't walk, insisted it was simply eczema. Bedbound, she asked to be referred to a dermatologist but was told it could be weeks before she was seen.
One day, she was in such pain she visited Whipps Cross hospital, where a dermatologist took her off her course of creams immediately. Miss McLuskie was applying 12 tubes of steroid cream a week. She is pictured during a flare up. Her body is pictured looking 'lobster red'. After taking the tablets instead of the creams, she was thrilled when her skin began to recover - and thought this might be the end of her ordeal.
However, as she was recovering, the doctor suggested moving her to a lower dose of steroid tablets. This saw the return of her rashes, and her dermatologist once again suggested a different type of steroid salve - which saw her skin return to its red, raw, agonising state.
After she pleaded for help, Miss McLuskie's dermatologist then agreed to refer her to an NHS herbalist in an attempt to treat the condition naturally. Now, despite still living with considerable pain, she is seeing gradual improvements in her skin. I should be able to have fun with my friends and I want to get there.
I should be able to have fun with my friends and I want to get there,' Miss McLuskie said, pictured with her steroid cream. It's small steps but I am going to get over this. A spokesperson for the British Association of Dermatologists, said: The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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