10 expert tips to help manage psoriasis


Psoriasis is a very common, non-contagious, long-term inflammatory skin disorder in which there is an increase in the rate at which skin cells are produced and shed from the skin It affects at least 73,000 people in Ireland The red, raised scaly patches of psoriasis can affect any part of the skin surface, but most commonly involve the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp Dr Anne-Marie...

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ISF launches “SaySomething” psoriasis campaign 2017


To mark World Psoriasis Day 2017 (October 29) the ISF is launching the SaySomething campaign, to help raise awareness, dispel myths and empower people with psoriasis to handle everyday situations that can be tricky for people living with the condition The campaign is supported by AbbVie This year the charity, which supports people with all kinds of skin condition, has teamed up with Peter Mark...

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National Psoriasis Meet-Up goes ahead in Waterford despite storm Brian!


In the lead up to World Psoriasis Day 2017, we hosted a free National Psoriasis Meet Up in the Tower Hotel Waterford on Saturday 21 October Despite all weather warnings we had a super turn out with people travelling from all over the country The meeting was especially aimed at anyone with (or caring for someone with) psoriasis and was a great opportunity to meet others and hear from the...

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Lonely, isolated and left out. Nearly a third of Irish men and women surveyed living with psoriasis reveal impact of condition


Irish men and women living with psoriasis report significantly higher levels of isolation and loneliness compared to the global average, according to the first ever World Psoriasis Happiness Report ahead of World Psoriasis Day The report provides an analysis of findings from online surveys completed by more than 120,000 people in 184 countries who live with psoriasis – a serious, chronic...

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2017 Annual Family Fun Day at Barretstown


Each year we invite 30 families whose everyday lives are impacted by a skin condition to the magical Barretstown Castle for an exciting day full of family adventures Travelling from all over the country, the team at Barretstown had a jam packed itinerary lined up including horse riding, archery, canoeing and high wall climbing to mention a few With the excitement building each family took a map...

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Great turn-out for Eczema Expert 2017


As part of Eczema Awareness Week 2017 (11th-17th September), we hosted our second annual free public meeting entitled ‘Eczema Expert’ in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on 16th September for those with, or caring for someone with eczema It was a full house! People travelled from all around the country, from as far as Belfast, Donegal, Ennis and Kerry, to attend the meeting,...

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Government ends ‘perverse anomaly’ of lower VAT rate on sunbeds than on sunscreens


A welcome end to ‘perverse anomaly’ of lower VAT rate on sunbeds, which cause skin cancer, compared to sunscreens, which help to prevent it Next step – a complete ban! Skin cancer in Ireland Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland Yet, in most cases, it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer For the majority of people, the health risks are related to overexposure to UV...

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Selene Daly speaks with Pat Kenny about managing Eczema


Listen back to Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist Selene Daly speaking with Pat Kenny about Eczema If you are experiencing difficulty managing acne or any other skin condition, ask an ISF dermatology clinical nurse specialist for guidance For more information about Atopic Dermatitis and Eczema, visit our Eczema Section to download our booklet, What you need to know about...

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Ploughing Championships 2017


An expert team of volunteers from across the country joined the ISF team to return to the National Ploughing Championships, in Screggan, Tullamore, once again this year The weather was "mixed" over the three day festival, however, the challenging conditions on day two didn’t dampen spirits or stem the flow of visitors to our ISF Helpline Stand All Kinds of Skin Condition Our large team...

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National Psoriasis Meet-up 2017


This completely free meeting will hear from people living with psoriasis, local psoriasis experts and other guests National Psoriasis Meet-Up Tower Hotel, Waterford, October 21st 2017 Meet other people with psoriasis and visit exhibitor stands Click here! Register to let us know you’re coming!   Included in the morning line up: Caroline Irwin, founding member of the Irish...

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20 questions about allergy and eczema answered by the experts at IFAN


As part of Eczema Awareness Week 2017, we are delighted to publish new guidance from the Irish Food Allergy Network to explain the associations between food allergy and eczema Does food allergy cause eczema No! Eczema is a genetic skin problem caused by a defect in the skin barrier It is not an allergy Is there an association between food allergy and eczema Yes! But what does 'association'...

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Eczema Awareness Week 2017 – ISF hopes more people can live life symptom free


1-in-5 children and 1-in-12 adults affected by eczema / atopic dermatitis Eczema Awareness Week (11-17 September) is an opportunity to raise awareness of what it's like to live with or to manage eczema; for the ISF it's also about getting the right information out there to help people with eczema live life as symptom free as possible Back to School Eczema Awareness Week also coincides...

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