During 2004, various associations of psoriasis patients met to establish the Steering Committee of World Psoriasis Day. The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) promoted this day with the intention of informing and raising public awareness of the psychological and physical consequences suffered by patients suffering from psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, AIM learns.
Currently, more than fifty countries are actively participating in activities intended for information, support and assistance. Among the objectives of this day are:
Increase awareness. Worldwide, more than 125 million people suffer from this disorder and are affected physically, emotionally, socially and financially. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness about the effect it has on people.
Spread the word. Many people are not aware of this disease, so it is important to spread information and dispel myths. Patients also need to be aware of their condition in order to be able to talk about it.
Seek improvements in access to treatment. Put pressure on government bodies and health centers, among others, to help people have better and more affordable access to treatment.
Giving voice to the psoriasis community. Give them a chance to express their needs and sufferings through a common platform so that the world can hear their voice.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and scaling of the skin, producing patches, redness, scales, itching, pain, warmth, discoloration and swelling. It can affect any part of the body, although it is common in the knees, elbows, back, arms, legs and scalp.
The conducted research established that this condition is closely related to the genetic component, which in combination with stress and the environment enables its development. That’s why they conclude that it can be hereditary.
Due to the visibility of the symptoms, people believe that it can be contagious, and sufferers feel ashamed and in many cases isolate themselves, causing them psychological and social damage. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized it as a serious disease that requires greater awareness.
Although there is no cure, it is possible to relieve symptoms and attacks with topical treatments, ultraviolet light, phototherapy, or other medications or treatments recommended by a specialist.