The Invisible Symptom Affecting up to 97% with Psoriasis


Common symptoms Some of the most common and recognisable symptoms of psoriasis, include raised red patches of skin, covered with silvery white scaling, called plaques Itch is also reported to be a common symptom of psoriasis However, it can sometimes be underappreciated as it is not a visible indicator Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin disorder involving the skin and...

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World Psoriasis Day: Be Informed


Each year on World Psoriasis Day (October 29th), the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) and its 56 national and regional psoriasis organisation members, join together to raise awareness of psoriasis, estimated to affect approximately 73,000 in Ireland Theme October 2020 marks the second year of our three-year campaign: Connected, Informed, United The theme for World...

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Waterford Study Highlights Poor Awareness of Serious Co-Morbidities in Irish Psoriasis Patients


Fewer than one in five people with psoriasis in Ireland is aware of their increased risk of heart and bowel disease, according to a new study The study, carried out at University Hospital Waterford, examined patient awareness of co-morbidities associated with psoriasis What is psoriasis Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that causes red, dry, flaky or scaly skin and can appear anywhere...

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Emollient Therapy: Your Video Guide to Ointments, Creams & Lotions for Skin Conditions


Emollient (moisturiser) therapy is often used to manage a number of skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis However, with such a wide variety of emollients available on the market today, the ISF nurse team are often asked what products are the best fit for people who need to use emollients regularly In this video, our Health Promotion Manager, Michelle Greenwood, sits down with...

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Back to School & New Routines: Some Practical Tips for Parents of Children with Eczema


Eczema Awareness Week is held in September It coincides with the start of the school year when many households will be adapting to a new routine for children starting or returning to school  With all the excitement and preparation, we are mindful of the children out there with eczema and what this might mean for them This year with the added emphasis on hand washing and use of hand...

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Atopic Eczema – Why Scratching Can Make You So Itchy!


Breaking the itch scratch cycle in atopic eczema What is atopic eczema Atopic eczema is a common, non-contagious inflammatory skin condition, characterised by dry, red, itchy, skin, which can sometimes weep, crust and become thickened The major symptom is an intense itch The urge to scratch can be overwhelming, but only provides temporary relief, and can lead to more itching and scratching...

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Top Tips for Avoiding Potential Atopic Eczema Triggers


Eczema triggers and our top tips to avoid them! What is atopic eczema Atopic eczema (AE), also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common, non-contagious, chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterised by intense itch, dry, red skin which can sometimes weep, become blistered, crusted and thickened AE is the most common inflammatory skin disorder in children and infants affecting approximately...

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Irish Daily Mail – ‘Wonder Drug that’s Been Denied to Eczema Sufferers’


This article written by Maeve Quigley was published in the Irish Daily Mail health supplement, 'Good Health', on Tuesday, 8th September 2020  It’s a drug that could change the lives of more than 500 eczema sufferers in Ireland and is made in a factory in Waterford And yet Ireland is one of just two countries in Europe not to have reimbursed the drug Dupilumab for the treatment of...

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ISF Website Survey – Tell Us What You Think


Our website is at the heart of the work the ISF does for people living with skin conditions It is home to all the latest news and up-to-date information on skin conditions and our 'Ask a Nurse' form where you can submit a question for a specialist dermatology nurse anytime for one-to-one guidance We need your help; we want to know whether you are getting what you need from our website  Help...

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GlobalSkin Presents the Atopic Eczema Care Priorities Survey


The GlobalSkin Atopic Eczema Community Since 2018, GlobalSkin has been collaborating with patient leaders in the atopic eczema community with the goal of significantly and measurably enhancing access to high-quality, coordinated, and innovative care for people living with atopic eczema The GlobalSkin Atopic Eczema Community has decided to develop a core document of patient care imperatives...

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Video – Dispelling Sun Protection Myths & Misconceptions


With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, our movements have been restricted and 2020 has become the year of the balcony, back garden and staycation for many of us While spending time outdoors is important for our own and our family's physical and mental well-being, it is equally important to enjoy the sun safely and be SunSmart! Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland and...

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Your Guide to Face Masks and Your Skin


Now that face coverings have become part of our daily lives, some people are finding that their skin beneath the mask is becoming irritated or that their skin condition has flared as a result of mask wearing Below we've created a handy guide on face masks - how to wear them, remove them, wash them, picking one that suits you, and how to look after your skin  What is the advice on face...

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