The 29th of October is dedicated to people who suffer from psoriasis. It was declared in 2004 as the World Psoriasis Day by the International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA).
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune, noncontagious, inflammatory skin disorder. The main characteristic of the disease is the red, sharply demarcated, scaly skin lesions that are called plaques and differ in size. The areas of the body that are usually affected are the torso, the elbows, the knees, the hands, the feet and the scalp.
The disease is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (heart attack, stroke, hypertension), diabetes type 2 and Crohn disease. Some of the affected people might develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis can also lead to depression because of its great impact on daily life.
Psoriasis affects 2-3% of the world population, which is roughly 125 million people. It often appears at a young age and the causes of it have not yet been defined. Currently, there is no cure for it, only symptomatic, often lifelong, treatment.
October 29th – World Psoriasis Day
The World Psoriasis Day is dedicated to all the people around the world who suffer from this disease, at the initiative of the International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA). The aims of this day are to raise awareness of the disease, provide information about it and support the fight against it. For that reason, the IFPA runs a great number of activities on this day.
This year’s theme is “Breaking Barriers For People With Psoriasis”.