During 2004, several psoriasis patient associations came together to create a steering committee for World Psoriasis Day. The day was promoted by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) with the aim of educating and educating the population about the psychological and physical effects experienced by patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.
Currently, more than fifty countries are actively involved in activities designed to inform, support and assist. Among the objectives of this day:
raising awareness. Worldwide, more than 125 million people suffer from this disorder and are affected physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. It is therefore important to raise awareness about its impact on people.
Post the information. Many are unaware of this disease, so it is important to spread information and break myths. Patients also need to be aware of their condition so that they can talk about it.
Look for improvements in access to treatment. Lobbying government agencies and health centers, among other things, to help people get better and more affordable treatment.
Giving a voice to the psoriasis community. Give them the opportunity to express their needs and struggles through a common platform so that their voices can be heard.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and scaling of the skin, resulting in patches, redness, scaling, itching, pain, warmth, discoloration, and swelling. It can affect any area of the body, although it is most common in the knees, elbows, back, arms, legs, and scalp.
The investigations conducted found that this condition is closely related to the genetic component, which, together with stress and the environment, makes its development possible. This is why they conclude that it could be hereditary.
Because of the clarity of the symptoms, people tend to think that they can be contagious and sufferers tend to feel ashamed and in many cases isolate themselves, causing them psychological and social damage. In fact, it has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a serious disease that requires greater awareness.
Although it is not curable, it is possible to reduce symptoms and spread with topical treatments, ultraviolet light, light therapy, medications, or other treatments recommended by a specialist.