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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When should people with Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis (AD) be offered systemic therapy?


New consensus framework to provide a structure for patients and caregivers to make a decision about systemic therapies Atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as atopic eczema, is a common, itchy and unpleasant condition AD has significant well-established comorbidities (associated conditions) including food allergy, asthma and allergic rhinitis, in addition to newly-recognised comorbidities...

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Hospitals need to be more sympathetic to our needs


Calls to the ISF Helpline reveal what’s most on dermatology patient’s minds In the first of our three-part blog series called "What Patients Want" we begin by taking a look at our hospitals and what you say about them Most skin disorders are managed by GPs, but a significant number of people need hospital care It isn’t possible to say exactly how many people are referred for a skin...

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Free sunscreen “for transplant recipients with GMS eligibility only”


Organ transplant patients with medical cards may now be prescribed sunscreen by consultants The cost of certain sunscreen products can now be reimbursed by the HSE when prescribed to someone who has had an organ transplant - as long as they have a medical card (ie have GMS eligibility) The HSE's Medicines Management Programme (MMP) has clarified the position by publishing an advisory review...

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Eczema Expert: Advice for Life meeting for people living with or caring for eczema


The Irish Skin Foundation is delighted to announce the wonderful line- up for this year’s Eczema Expert meeting which will take place on Saturday 16th September 2017 in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin, form 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Click here! Register to let us know you’re coming!   The Eczema Expert event is FREE and open to everyone, but make sure to book your place...

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Irish Skin Foundation welcomes new Chairperson and Trustees


Consultant dermatologist Dr Marina O’Kane has been elected as Chairperson of the ISF and has paid tribute to outgoing Chairperson, Professor Eoin O’Brien, who steps down after over 6 years leading the charity, since it establishment in 2011 Dr O’Kane, who is based in Beaumont Hospital, said: "I am honoured to take over as Chairperson of the ISF Board at this time Our shared vision arose...

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Research Study: Eczema or Psoriasis


Do you have eczema, psoriasis or "normal" skin   UCD Clinical Research Centre is conducting a research study on eczema/atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and comparing both with normal skin to gain more understanding on the mechanism of skin disease If you are interested in being part of this study, please call Kate Lynam-Loane UCD CRC, Dermatology Research Nurse on (01) 221-3024 or my mail...

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