World Psoriasis Day: reconnect with fundamentals of self care

A day to take stock and consider your psoriasis care

Today, 29 October, marks World Psoriasis Day – a day when we raise awareness globally, and highlight that much of the suffering caused by this common and complex skin condition can now be avoided.

World Psoriasis Day: reconnecting with your self care in November
Psoriasis can be unpredictable and managing the condition yourself (self-care) can be daunting, frustrating, and confusing.  Today, and throughout November, can be an opportunity for you (or a family member or friend who may be struggling with the condition) to take positive steps and seek support.

We are here to help, support, and guide you
If now is the time for you to think again about your psoriasis, talk to us for impartial, specialist, and free guidance about your options.  Our specialist nurses can help you take the first steps in managing psoriasis, or help you get back on the path to effective management.

Click above to reach out to the ISF: take a positve step to reconnect with your care with the ISF Ask-a-Nurse Helpline.

Management of scalp psoriasis remains a top concern
This year, the ISF has looked back at the most common concerns that people living with the condition have come to us to talk about in 2022 – the fundamental of psoriasis care.

In our first video, Carmel Blake (a Dermatology Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and the Clinical Manager of the ISF’s Ask-a-Nurse Helpline) offers her guidance on one of the most common, but treatable, problems: scalp psoriasis.

The scalp is one of the most common sites to be affected by psoriasis, and sometimes it is the only area of involvement. It usually extends to, or just beyond the hairline and commonly occurs behind the ears.

Scalp psoriasis may appear in the form of red, raised plaques covered in fine white flakes (similar to dandruff), or the scale may become thickened, with an appearance like cradle cap.  For more information on psoriasis, download our booklet, ‘What you need to know about Psoriasis’

Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic inflammatory skin disorder that affects at least 73,000 people in Ireland, but some estimates are as high 100,000, or more. It can affect any part of the skin surface, but most commonly involves the elbows, knees, scalp, and the sacrum (lower back).

For more information,visit our Psoriasis Section to download our booklet, Managing Scalp Psoriasis  or contact the ISF Ask-a-Nurse Helpline for one-to-one information and support.

If you need guidance or support about managing a skin disorder, contact the ISF Helpline for free support and information.