World Psoriasis Day is celebrated on October 29, raising awareness of a disease that affects millions of people around the world. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are the two primary conditions that are highlighted on this day. The aim is to raise public awareness and improve the treatment of these conditions.
World Psoriasis Day was founded by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations and is used to host events and involve caring activists. In 2019, one of the most important findings was that people with psoriasis are at a higher risk of developing cancer.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the skin. It was previously thought to be contagious and one of the types of leprosy, although this has now been disproved. Symptoms include red spots, peeling, and cracks on the skin which can be itchy, bleed, and become inflamed. The exact cause of the disease is still unknown, although it is believed to be linked to an overactive immune system or side effects of certain drugs. Unfortunately, there is no cure as yet, but the condition can go into remission.
- More than 125 million people suffer from psoriasis.
- Itchy plaques of an unpleasant appearance are not the result of poor hygiene and unsanitary conditions.
- In recent years, promising drugs have been developed which are currently being tested.
- Sunlight can exacerbate the condition.
- According to statistics, most infections occur between 20 and 25 years of age.
How to take part
There are a number of ways to participate in World Psoriasis Day. Learn about events and take part in them, such as attending lectures or joining a jog. If you, or someone you know, has psoriasis, share your story on social media to support those who are in solidarity with you. Finally, spread the word about the day and its importance.
When is World Psoriasis Day celebrated in 2023?
World Psoriasis Day is observed on October 29 each year.