Rosacea: The curse of the Celts


 April is dedicated as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the impact of this chronic and widespread skin disorder What is rosacea Rosacea is most frequently seen in people who have fair skin, especially those of Celtic origin and northern European descent It is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin condition, which mainly affects facial skin Rosacea can be recognised by...

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Updated frequent hand washing advice – BAD statement


Statement on frequent hand washing to reduce coronavirus risk for people with skin diseases affecting the hands   The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) makes statements on best practice, teaching, training and research in dermatology which is often followed by dermatology departments and consultants in the Republic of Ireland This statement was last updated by the BAD on 24th...

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Event Cancellation – Dermatology Study Day 2020


The ISF have taken the decision to cancel the Dermatology Study Day 2020, on 21st March in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin, due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 virus The ISF are conscious that as healthcare professionals, delegates have critical infrastructure roles in healthcare and have taken this decision to decrease any unnecessary risk to them or to their...

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COVID-19 Hand Care Advice


COVID-19 outbreak It is essential with the outbreak of COVID-19 that we follow the advice recommended by infection control experts, which highlights the importance of frequent hand washing, with soap and water, or using alcohol-based hand rub For up-to-date health information and advice in Ireland in relation to Covid-19 please visit the HSE's webpage Protect yourself and others We...

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Managing Scalp Psoriasis


What is scalp psoriasis The scalp is one of the most common sites to be affected by psoriasis, and sometimes is the only area of involvement Almost 80% of people with psoriasis will have scalp involvement at some point in their lives, and it is not unusual for the scalp to be the first site to display symptoms of psoriasis Some people suffer with mild psoriasis of the scalp whilst others...

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Phototherapy service opens in Naas General Hospital


A phototherapy service has recently opened in Naas General Hospital to serve the needs of patients in Kildare and West Wicklow This will facilitate the delivery of the service which requires weekly attendance closer to home     Ultraviolet light is found in sunlight Phototherapy is a form of artificial ultraviolet light treatment, comprising of either ultraviolet A (UVA) or...

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This Valentine’s Weekend Love your Skin and Avoid an Eczema Flare


Our tips to avoid an eczema flare this Valentine's weekend! We know that some of you may be buying lovely gifts, having a cosy night in, or heading out on a romantic date, so we’ve put together some tips to ensure an eczema flare doesn’t spoil your Valentine’s weekend Presents for your Valentine  When buying a Valentine’s present for people with eczema, here are some tips to...

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Make skin visible in Election 2020


ISF calls on voters affected by skin conditions to 'Make Skin Visible' in Election 2020 Election 2020 will be held on 8th February Over the next few days and weeks your election candidates will be calling to your home to ask for your support This is a great opportunity to highlight the need for more resources for the public dermatology services that serve people living with distressing...

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Dermatology Study Day for GPs, Nurses and Pharmacists


CANCELLED Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 virus, we regret to inform you we have taken the decision today to cancel the Dermatology Study Day 2020, on 21st March next   The Irish Skin Foundation is delighted to announce its fifth annual Dermatology Study Day for hospital, community-based, GP practice, public health nurses, pharmacists and others involved...

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Update on Alopecia


What is alopecia Alopecia is also known as baldness or loss of hair from the head or body On the scalp, it may manifest as rapid shedding or gradual thinning of the hair It could present as a patch or a more diffuse pattern When facial hair is involved, it is called madarosis Sometimes, there could be other related symptoms with scalp alopecia such as redness, presence of scale,...

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Self-Care Tips for Rosacea


These are some of the most important things we think you need to know about rosacea and how you can best manage it yourself! 1: Identify your triggers If possible, identify and avoid any lifestyle or environmental factors which trigger or exacerbate symptoms Examples of common triggers can include alcohol, hot beverages, spicy foods, and extremes in temperatures Sometimes it may help to...

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Self-Care Tips for Acne


These are some of the most important things we think you need to know about acne and how you can best manage it yourself! 1: Diet There is little evidence that food causes acne, however, a healthy balanced diet is generally advised, which includes fresh fruit and vegetables 2: Talk to your GP Even mild cases of acne can sometimes cause distress and unhappiness If your acne cannot be...

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