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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DCU – Surgical Skills Module for Healthcare Practitioners


School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University Who should apply Practitioners who are likely to utilise minor surgical procedures in a variety of settings including A&E, Dermatology, Theatres or Primary Care settings Candidates must be working in a relevant setting and have a clinical practice supervisor identified to support them in their learning Module aim: To develop and...

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Two important reports published in July highlight the rising incidence of skin cancer


The National Cancer Registry of Ireland has just published a report on Cancer Trends (Cancer trends no 34 - skin cancer) today, July 19th The report highlights a sharp rise in incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers in Ireland This increase, along with the pattern of distribution (ie body sites affected), indicate that type of sun exposure is an important risk factor, and...

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For the first time, melanoma diagnoses exceed 1,000 cases per year in Ireland


The latest shocking figures available from the National Cancer Registry show that in 2014 there were 10,304 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, and worryingly, for the first time melanoma skin cancer diagnoses have breached the 1,000 mark (1,041 cases), almost trebling in the last 20 years In response, the Irish Skin Foundation has launched the Protect & Inspect™ campaign Protect &...

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June 13th 2017 marks World Albinism Awareness Day – people with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide


Photo: Mother with child with albinism, credits to UN Photo/Marie Frechon People with albinism often experience discrimination, bullying, social exclusion and sometimes physical attacks, as a consequence of their appearance The International Awareness Day is a day of celebration as well as reflection on the history of albinism On 18 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a...

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Allergic reactions to sunscreen: what you need to know!


With a recent Canadian case of suspected photoallergy to sunscreen trending on social media, we explore this topic further… Late last month in Canada 14-month-old Kyla Fudge suffered a suspected allergic reaction to sunscreen on her cheeks and nose, in a case has come to notice of parents and dermatologists right around the world Sunscreens play an important preventative role against...

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Selene Daly speaks with Pat Kenny about Adult Acne


Listen back to Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist Selene Daly speaking with Pat Kenny on the subject of Adult Acne If you are experiencing difficulty managing acne or any other skin condition, ask an ISF dermatology clinical nurse specialist for...

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