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World Psoriasis Day 2014

By on October 26, 2014

World Psoriasis Day is October 29, 2014 and is an annual day specially dedicated to people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.

It was conceived by patients for patients, World Psoriasis Day is a truly global event that sets out to give an international voice to the more than 125 million people with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis around the world.

Psoriasis is a common, chronic, relapsing, immune-mediated, inflammatory disorder with primary involvement of the skin and a strong genetic predisposition. The disease onset usually occurs in younger ages. Skin lesions typically represent erythematous, inflammatory plaques and silvery scaling expressing the inflammatory changes and keratinocyte hyperproliferation.

A substantial proportion of psoriasis patients experience an inflammatory polyarthritis (psoriatic arthritis) that may include enthesitis, synovitis, tenosynovitis, periostitis, osteitis, sacroiliitis and spondyloarthritis. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis cause major physical, functional and psychosocial disability.

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Goals of World Psoriasis Day

  • Raising awareness: to let people with psoriasis know that they are not alone and to raise the profile of this devastating skin disease and the misery it can cause. To dispel myths about the condition, such as the mistaken view that psoriasis is contagious.
  • Improving access to treatment: to encourage healthcare systems,governments, physicians, carers and all those responsible for psoriasis care to allow psoriasis sufferers access to optimum therapy. For too long, psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis has been low priority. They are debilitating diseases and must move up the healthcare agenda.
  • Increasing understanding: to provide information to those who are affected by the condition as well as the general public in order to educatepeople about the condition so that they can discuss it more openly and confidently.
  • Building unity among the psoriasis community: to provide a platform from which patient voices from around the world can speak as one and be heard by key decision makers.