WORLD PSORIASIS DAY
World Psoriasis Day on October 29th every year recognizes those who suffer from psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. The day aims to increase awareness and improve access to treatment.
Throughout the world, 125 million people have psoriasis. In the United States, more than 8 million Americans have the disease. Up to 30 percent of people who have psoriasis get psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease. This skin condition speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. As a result, the body has extra skin cells. These extra cells form itchy red patches on the skin. Besides being itchy, the red patches are often painful. Other symptoms include cracked skin that sometimes bleeds and small scaling spots. In some cases, psoriasis causes the joints to become inflamed and stiff. When psoriasis affects the joints it is called psoriatic arthritis.
The exact cause of psoriasis isn’t fully understood. Some research suggests that an overactive immune system plays a role. Psoriasis usually starts or gets worse when certain triggers occur. These triggers include infections, injury to the skin, stress, Vitamin D deficiency, and heavy alcohol consumption. Psoriasis can also be triggered by certain medications. Those who have psoriasis are at a higher risk of getting other diseases. These diseases include Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and kidney disease. Psoriasis usually affects a person’s quality of life, which often leads to depression and other emotional disturbances.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis but it can go into remission. The symptoms of the disease are usually managed by topical corticosteroids, coal tar, moisturizers, and prescription medications.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPsoriasisDay
The International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA), along with member associations and their supporters organize a variety of activities. These include informational talks and educational seminars.
If you would like to observe this day:
- Educate yourself on psoriasis and treatment options.
- Commit to avoiding the risk factors of getting psoriasis.
- Those with symptoms of psoriasis should schedule an appointment with your doctor.
- If you know of someone with psoriasis, reach out to them.
- Those who have psoriasis, share your story with others.
When sharing on social media use #WorldPsoriasisDay
WORLD PSORIASIS DAY HISTORY
Word Psoriasis Day was established in 2004. The health awareness day was created by patients for patients. In 2014, the Member States of the World Health Organization adopted a resolution that officially recognized October 29th as World Psoriasis Day. To further increase awareness for the disease, the IFPA holds a World Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis Conference every third year. Over 1,000 delegates from around the world participate in the conference.
Recent themes for World Psoriasis Day:
- 2019: CONNECTED
- 2018: Treat Psoriasis Seriously
- 2017: Psoriasis Inside Out
- 2016: Breaking Barriers
- 2015: Hope. Action. Change.