Over the past few years, the National Eczema Association (NEA) has received an increasing number of patient inquiries regarding what has been termed Topical Steroid Addiction (TSA), also known as Red Skin Syndrome (RSS). Dermatologists have also reported patient inquiries on the subject. Posts on NEA social media sites and other eczema channels have grown on TSA, instilling fear of TSA in many, while adding to the confusion eczema patients and caregivers experience. A non-profit group has formed, International Topical Steroid Addiction Network (ITSAN.org), led by dermatologist Dr. Marvin Rapaport, whose mission is to raise awareness on TSA and provide resources to those who suffer TSA.
In response, NEA has formed a Task Force to conduct an in-depth review and create NEA position on Topical Steroid Addiction. ITSAN documentation of patient experiences with TSA has been submitted to the Task Force.