Eczema and General Election 2016: What can you ask election candidates?


In the last week of General Election 2016 campaigning, what can people with eczema ask election candidate who call to their door 1 in 10 of children under the age of 7 in Ireland and 1 in 20 adults suffer from eczema The condition is now estimated to be 30% more common than it was in the 1980s and it usually begins in the first year of life for most sufferers The new government can help...

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What should people with psoriasis ask election candidates?


It’s election time! This means you’ll get all sorts of direct mail, leaflets and knocks at the door all asking for your vote So we thought we’d suggest three important questions that everyone with psoriasis should ask their election candidates Not a 5 point plan: just three simple questions that you can ask any candidate that seeks your vote! The government’s role in helping people...

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ISF Psoriasis Council meets to discuss plans for the first time


The members of the ISF’s Psoriasis Council have met for the first time in Dublin to develop an agenda to help people with psoriasis in Ireland The first Council members have been invited by ISF Board Members, Dr Brian Kirby and Caroline Irwin (Chair and Secretary of the Council respectively), to champion psoriasis, encourage greater community engagement and to ensure a clear voice for people...

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First HS Community Meeting – Reports from the day


On the 30th January, the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) and the ‘Hidradenitis Suppurativa Ireland’ Facebook Support group, held the first ever Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Community Meeting for people with the condition, their families and supporters HS is a chronic (long term) skin condition that can cause painful, inflamed areas typically located around the armpits, groin and in between the...

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New developments in psoriasis therapy: Professor Peter van der Kerkhof


New developments in psoriasis therapy 73,000 people in Ireland have psoriasis We have heard about exciting new treatments and how psoriasis is connected with other conditions Prof van de Kerkhof from the Netherlands described how psoriasis treatment has improved during his thirty years as a dermatologist specialising in the disease He told the meeting that a new “biologic”...

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Uncovering the Role of Genes in Eczema


Eczema is an itchy, dry-skin condition that affects around one in five children in Ireland Genes play an important role in determining how likely individuals are to develop eczema, but the majority of the genes that cause the condition have yet to be detected However, in the largest genetic study of eczema in the world to date, a group of international researchers involving scientists from...

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Reduce VAT on moisturisers, sun creams & extend product list available on medical card & DPS


Eczema in adults is more than an uncomfortable, itchy disease It’s can also be a serious financial burden for the estimated 1 in 12 of Irish adults who have the most common form of the condition, atopic dermatitis Medical cards don’t cover the full spectrum of treatments for eczema  While aqueous cream (a soap substitute), emulsifying ointment and Silcock’s base (moisturisers), steroid...

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Temple Street Children’s Hospital appoints a dermatologist to long-vacant post


The ISF has welcomed the appointment of a consultant dermatologist at Temple Street – it is understood that the post will be filled during the last quarter of 2015 “Unfortunately Temple Street dermatology department will not be in a position to accept new GP referrals due to the considerable existing waiting list, nevertheless this development is very welcome for children with skin...

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New restrictions on sunbeds should go further


The Irish Skin Foundation has welcomed new regulations to prohibit sunbed business operators from promoting sunbed sessions for minimum periods of time but urged the Minister to go further “These new restrictions are absolutely a step in the right direction”, according to according to dermatologist Dr Patrick Ormond from the Irish Skin Foundation, “but we can do more to protect people...

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Irish Secondary School’s study: sunbed use starts at age 12


An Irish study presented at the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) annual meeting last week has found that the average age at which young people start using sunbeds is just 12 years old1 The research, involving 755 secondary school pupils from across Ireland, is the country’s largest study ever undertaken looking at avoidable skin cancer risk factors among the 14-18 age...

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Coal tar products increasingly difficult to source


Why is this trusted mainstay treatment disappearing from pharmacy shelves On a recent visit to dermatology clinic I met Michael, a 37 year old teacher from Carlow, who had come in ask some advice; he was looking for an alternative to the coal tar pomade he usually gets from his pharmacist every few weeks “I just wanted to see if there is any information about coal tar; it’s been the main...

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Burden of psoriasis: report exposes the hidden burden of skin disease


Survey reveals that more than half of people in Ireland with psoriasis have been the target of unpleasant comments about their skin A new report has exposed the hidden burden and impact of psoriasis in Ireland The report suggests that more than 73,000 people are affected by psoriasis in Ireland and that about 9,000 of those have a severe form of the disease Over half of people surveyed agreed...

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