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Florina Tan

TSW Advocate in Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Darussalam

In the very early days of e-commerce, along with other business partners, Ms Florina Tan launched an online gallery with art auction houses called AsianWorkz.com. The site was expanded to include two other art galleries featuring upcoming Asian artists throughout Southeast Asia. Florina continued to work as a web designer and later moved to NYC. While there, she developed eczema on her fingers got worst which led her to over the counter hydrocortisone and then more potent topical steroids prescribed by doctors. She was finally diagnosed with “incurable eczema” and told that she would be dependent on steroids for the rest of her life. The prolonged use of topical steroids caused an 'addiction' whereby her skin could not live without steroids. Quitting quickly brought about withdrawal symptoms, rendering her bedridden with constant sores and oozing raw skin, affecting her mental health. Learn how she overcame this little known problem and live free of steroids.

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Topical Steroid Withdrawal

BY FLORINA TAN
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 01, 2014

It is likely that 1 in every 3 people knows someone with skin problems. Rashes, eczema, dermatitis, infections - these are often treated by topical steroids (TS). However, steroids go by different names and prolonged use can cause addiction, whereby the skin is unable to be problem-free for long. This dependence on TS causes the breaks between skin problems to become shorter, affecting the sufferer's quality of life, mental and emotional health. But weaning off the steroids can be a long and difficult journey with severe withdrawal symptoms on the skin. Can you survive such an episode? Florina Tan who developed TS addiction after continued use over 30 years, did and encourages others to have the courage to do the same.

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PAST VOL 1

Bandar Seri Begawan @ Tru Synergy
Nov 01, 2014