Managing Scalp Psoriasis


What is scalp psoriasis The scalp is one of the most common sites to be affected by psoriasis, and sometimes is the only area of involvement Almost 80% of people with psoriasis will have scalp involvement at some point in their lives, and it is not unusual for the scalp to be the first site to display symptoms of psoriasis Some people suffer with mild psoriasis of the scalp whilst others...

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Phototherapy service opens in Naas General Hospital


A phototherapy service has recently opened in Naas General Hospital to serve the needs of patients in Kildare and West Wicklow This will facilitate the delivery of the service which requires weekly attendance closer to home     Ultraviolet light is found in sunlight Phototherapy is a form of artificial ultraviolet light treatment, comprising of either ultraviolet A (UVA) or...

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This Valentine’s Weekend Love your Skin and Avoid an Eczema Flare


Our tips to avoid an eczema flare this Valentine's weekend! We know that some of you may be buying lovely gifts, having a cosy night in, or heading out on a romantic date, so we’ve put together some tips to ensure an eczema flare doesn’t spoil your Valentine’s weekend Presents for your Valentine  When buying a Valentine’s present for people with eczema, here are some tips to...

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Make skin visible in Election 2020


ISF calls on voters affected by skin conditions to 'Make Skin Visible' in Election 2020 Election 2020 will be held on 8th February Over the next few days and weeks your election candidates will be calling to your home to ask for your support This is a great opportunity to highlight the need for more resources for the public dermatology services that serve people living with distressing...

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Dermatology Study Day for GPs, Nurses and Pharmacists


CANCELLED Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 virus, we regret to inform you we have taken the decision today to cancel the Dermatology Study Day 2020, on 21st March next   The Irish Skin Foundation is delighted to announce its fifth annual Dermatology Study Day for hospital, community-based, GP practice, public health nurses, pharmacists and others involved...

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Update on Alopecia


What is alopecia Alopecia is also known as baldness or loss of hair from the head or body On the scalp, it may manifest as rapid shedding or gradual thinning of the hair It could present as a patch or a more diffuse pattern When facial hair is involved, it is called madarosis Sometimes, there could be other related symptoms with scalp alopecia such as redness, presence of scale,...

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Self-Care Tips for Rosacea


These are some of the most important things we think you need to know about rosacea and how you can best manage it yourself! 1: Identify your triggers If possible, identify and avoid any lifestyle or environmental factors which trigger or exacerbate symptoms Examples of common triggers can include alcohol, hot beverages, spicy foods, and extremes in temperatures Sometimes it may help to...

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Self-Care Tips for Acne


These are some of the most important things we think you need to know about acne and how you can best manage it yourself! 1: Diet There is little evidence that food causes acne, however, a healthy balanced diet is generally advised, which includes fresh fruit and vegetables 2: Talk to your GP Even mild cases of acne can sometimes cause distress and unhappiness If your acne cannot be...

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Self-Care Tips for Hidradenitis Suppurativa


The following general measures can be very helpful in the management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) 1: Stop smoking Research has shown that people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) are far more likely to be smokers Smoking is thought to worsen HS and stopping smoking may improve symptoms The HSE provides tailored quit plans to help people quit smoking, see: wwwquitie or Freephone 1800 201...

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All You Need to Know about Adult Seborrhoeic Dermatitis


What is Seborrhoeic dermatitis Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a common skin condition, causing scaly red patches of skin and flaking It mainly affects areas on the body where there are a lot of oil-producing (sebaceous) glands and is more commonly found on the scalp, centre of the forehead, sides of the nose, eyelids, eyebrows, moustache and bearded area, behind the ears, armpits and upper chest,...

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Tell us what you think! Strategy 2020+


Take part and help us make a difference for people living with skin conditions  We’re developing the ISF's strategy for 2020-2025 The strategy will be a guide for the future work of the kind of organisation you want to see, and the pathway to get there We would love to ask for your opinion So, why not tell us what you think by taking the survey below Tell us what you...

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SkinSideOut: Our Skin Health Event!


Skin health event featuring talks & discussions on chronic inflammatory skin conditions On Saturday, 16th November, the ISF hosted SkinSideOut in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, a full day event open to all members of the public struggling to manage chronic inflammatory skin conditions The event consisted of five talks and panel discussions covering six topics - eczema,...

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