Every year on October 29th, World Psoriasis Day is hosted worldwide and is dedicated specially to individuals who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. On this day, the International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA), the Irish Skin Foundation, member associations and support groups all over the globe host activities to raise awareness about psoriasis and to give individuals with psoriasis the voice, consideration and attention that they deserve.
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition in which there is an increase in the rate at which skin cells are produced and shed from the skin. The normal maturing process for skin cells is 28 days. For individuals with psoriasis, this process is accelerated and takes only 4 days. As the new skin cells reproduce too quickly and move towards the skin surface, they create a build up of dead skin cells. Blood flow to this area also increases and the skin thickens which causes these areas to appear red,inflamed and scaly.
There are a number of different factors that can contribute towards developing psoriasis. It is thought to primarily be inherited by genetics and a poor immune system. However other factors such as the environment, emotional stress, infection, injury to the skin, certain medications and lifestyle choices can have an effect on psoriasis.
Unfortunately, psoriasis is not curable but its symptoms can be treated by using topical creams, ultraviolet light therapy and systematic medication. Speak with your doctor and discuss the best treatment options for you. It is also important to ensure that you care for your skin and follow a gentle skin care regime such as:
- Keeping your skin moisturised
- Patting your skin dry after a bath or shower
- Keeping your nails trimmed to prevent scratching
- Wearing cotton clothes – this material is less likely to irritate your skin
- Wear sun protection
As part of World Psoriasis Day, the Irish Skin Foundation launched the Say Something campaign. The Say Something campaign encourages individuals to speak openly about their condition to others and to make the most of their time with their doctor. Many psoriasis sufferers may find it hard to talk about their condition but it is nothing to be embarrassed about. The Irish Skin Foundation have a range of downloadable brochures and tips for living with psoriasis.
If you would like to know more about psoriasis or have any questions regarding topical creams and medication, please feel free to call in store where our staff will be more than happy to help you.