Call for Access to Game-Changing Eczema Treatment on RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy Show


Listen to the full interview   Ray D'Arcy interviewed Paul Herriott, ISF Board Member, who has lived with eczema since childhood and Prof Alan Irvine, Consultant Dermatologist at St James' Hospital and Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin about the urgent need for access in Ireland to first-in-class drug (dupilumab), which has been available to patients elsewhere in Europe for over...

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ISF Calls for Access to Life-Changing Eczema Treatment


Ireland among last countries in EU to make new drug available to patients Listen to Paul Herriott and Prof Alan Irvine being interviewed on The Ray D'Arcy Show, RTÉ Radio 1   The ISF is calling on HSE management to reimburse a first-in-class drug (dupilumab) to provide access to hundreds of people living with severe atopic eczema throughout Ireland In 2017, the European...

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New Report Documents Sunburn, SunSmart Behaviours and Sunbed Use by Children in Ireland for the First Time


A new report titled, Children’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation – a risk profile for future skin cancers in Ireland, which was published on June 17th 2020, presents findings on children’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and sunbeds, UV skin protection behaviours, and sunburn High-risk groups: children and young people The report was developed by the Institute of...

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ISF Partner of SECURE-AD Patient Registry*


The Irish Skin Foundation is delighted to be a partner of SECURE-AD, two international COVID-registries for atopic dermatitis/eczema One registry, is completed by healthcare providers and the other registry is completed by individuals with this skin condition Atopic dermatitis and COVID-19 registries Atopic dermatitis (AD) also known as eczema, is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease In...

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Our Top Tips for Acne!


June is Acne Awareness Month and is an opportunity to raise awareness of this common skin condition, affecting over 645 million people globally  About acne Acne is the 8th most prevalent disease in the world and this common inflammatory skin condition can affect 85% of teenagers and young adults Acne commonly starts around 12-14 years of age and peaks around 16-17 years in females and 17-19...

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Protect your child against sun damage!


Playing and spending time outdoors is a really important part of childhood, but it is crucial that children are protected and safe while having fun in the sun Childhood: a critical time Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland with over 11,000 cases diagnosed each year and the number of cases is projected to more than double by 2045 Do you know that sun damage is cumulative It...

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COVID-19 dermatology registries*, Global Skin townhall webinar May 21


The International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organisations (IADPO)  also known as Global Skin, of which the ISF is a founding member, convened a webinar titled: Understanding COVID-19 & its impacts on dermatology patients Representatives from patient organisations around the world attended this live ‘townhall’ style meeting which hosted an excellent presentation by Dr Esther...

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Research Call for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Everyday Wound Care User Study


June 1st – 7th marks Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Awareness Week globally, and is an opportunity to raise awareness of this inflammatory skin condition, estimated to affect at least 1% of the Irish population The Clinical Research Platform is currently recruiting people living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) to test a wound dressing product specifically designed for use in that...

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Irish research highlights that living with HS can have a significant impact on quality of life


HS Awareness Week June 1st – 7th marks Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Awareness Week globally, and is an opportunity to raise awareness of this inflammatory skin condition, estimated to affect at least 1% of the Irish population Irish research A recent 2020 Irish paper in Dovepress, authors Mac Mahon et al reported on a study of health-related quality of life and patient-reported...

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Is it true? Will sunlight really help my skin condition?


During spells of good weather and throughout the summer months, our ‘Ask a Nurse’ team are often shyly asked: “So what about the sun – I’ve heard that it’s really good for clearing psoriasis [or eczema]” This is a fair question; who wouldn’t want to clear their skin in what appears to be a simple and cost-free way, without the mess and time involved in applying creams However,...

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Know Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type: Protect Your Skin!


Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland and in fair/light skinned populations worldwide, for whom sunburn is a risk factor The vast majority of these cancers are associated with overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), mainly from sunlight However, UV from artificial sources eg sunbeds, also cause skin cancer Yet, the good news is that most skin cancers can be prevented...

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Seasonal UV Changes and Protecting Our Skin


Knowing a little bit about Earth’s relationship with the Sun allows us to understand how the intensity of the Sun’s rays can change during the year, and the importance of protecting our skin What causes the change in seasons Earth revolves around the Sun, taking a year to complete one orbit But as it does so, it also spins on its own axis (an imaginary line that extends from the north to...

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