Could skin camouflage help you? We talk to the Irish Red Cross


Skin camouflage is the application of specialised cover creams to improve the appearance of scarring, tattoos and disfiguring skin conditions The Irish Red Cross run a voluntary skin camouflage service and recently invited the Irish Skin Foundation to attend their annual skills workshop for their skin camouflage practitioners Caroline Irwin from the ISF, who is an advocate for people with...

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Sharp rise in hospital waiting times for people with skin disorders


The government and HSE leadership must resource hospitals adequately to deal with predicted demand Hospital waiting times for dermatology patients are now the fourth-longest, after ENT, Orthopaedics and Ophthalmology, according to figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) "The waiting time situation has sharply disimproved in the past 14 months", according to the ISF's David...

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New Director at UCD’s Charles Institute for Dermatology


Prof Desmond J Tobin appointed as UCD Professor of Dermatological Sciences UCD has announced the appointment of Prof Desmond J Tobin as new Director of the UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology and Professor of Dermatological Sciences Prof Tobin, currently Professor of Cellular Biology and Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at University of Bradford, will take up his appointment from 1st...

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Skin barrier dysfunction and atopic dermatitis – research update


A recent article in Nature Reviews/Disease Primers reviewed the current knowledge on atopic dermatitis (AD), established treatments and the study of changes in the skin that results in this skin condition Atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema It is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition and is recognisable by red, dry, itchy skin which can sometimes weep,...

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All you need to know about Sunscreens from Selene Daly


Dermatology Nurse Specialist Selene Daly speak with Pat Kenny on sunscreens, cold sores, hyaluronic acid and scars Selene explains what kind of sunscreens to buy, how often to apply it and the limits the protection sunscreen offers   Remember: No sunscreen can provide 100% sun protection We want everyone in Ireland to learn to Protect & Inspect their skin! Download...

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All you need to know about fungal nail infections


Fungal infection of the nails is a common condition worldwide It can be diagnosed by your GP These fungal infections are also known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium Signs At first you may just see a spot of discolouration (whitish to yellow-brown) at the tip of your nail, and without treatment it will eventually spread The affected nail can become thickened, splits and crumbles If left...

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Influencing sun protection behaviour: lessons from Australia


The National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, published last year recommends that the Department of Health to “the develop a national skin cancer prevention plan and oversee its implementation as a priority The plan will prioritise children, outdoor workers, sunbed users and those who pursue outdoor leisure activities” With Ireland facing increased incidence of skin cancers year on year and...

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Over 200 attend #Ask How I Feel psoriasis information evening


On the 3 May the #AskHowIFeel Psoriasis Awareness public information evening was held in The Alex hotel in Dublin The campaign was created by Novartis and supported by the Irish Skin Foundation The objective of this information evening was to offer people and their families who live with psoriasis, some practical steps they can take to ensure they are supported emotionally on their own...

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Free Euromelanoma Skin Cancer Screening in Cork, 19 May


Are you worried about skin cancer  If you are 18 years of age or over, you can have a free skin cancer screening at South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital on Saturday morning from 8:30-11:30 am, 19 May next as part of the this year’s Euromalanoma awareness campaign This screening clinic has been arranged by the local dermatology services in Cork as part of Euromelanoma, a...

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ISF publishes revised and expanded Psoriasis support booklet


With up to 100,000 people in Ireland affected by psoriasis, and up to 20,000 of these living with a severe form of the common skin disorder, the Irish skin foundation has updated our “What you need to know about psoriasis” support booklet The new edition provides revised information on understanding, managing and living with psoriasis Updated sections include, what psoriasis is, the...

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