World Psoriasis Day, observed on October 29 and sponsored by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, shines a light on challenges faced by those suffering from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is a disease that results from an overactive immune system and is evidenced by rashes on the skin. While most immune systems take 30 or so days to push new cells to the skin, those with psoriasis push new cells within two to three days. On World Psoriasis Day, psoriasis associations strive to spread information about the condition and improve access to treatment
World Psoriasis Day - History
The first biological medications, drawn from the human body, were introduced to treat psoriasis.
The first individual treatments for psoriasis were introduced, replacing mass treatments that relied on trial and error.
The word "lepra" was removed from the definition of psoriasis, separating it from the disease of leprosy.
Dr. Robert Willan of England identified psoriasis as its own separate entity.
How to Observe World Psoriasis Day
Take a walk
Check your local psoriasis association for runs or walks that take place on or around October 29. If there's no local association or event in your area, organize one!
Share your story
If you're a psoriasis sufferer and willing to share your story, do an interview — or organize a Facebook group. Human stories are often the best way to spread awareness and help the public understand more about medical conditions.
The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations makes flyers and postcards available for those who want to get involved in its education efforts. Feel free to use the materials to spread the word to local schools, health clubs, and other places.
3 Diseases Associated With Psoriasis
Type 2 diabetes
Psoriasis is often associated with type 2 diabetes, a condition in which the blood retains high levels of sugar.
Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, can lead to psoriasis.
Those who suffer from psoriasis may also suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, an often painful condition that affects the digestive tract.
Why World Psoriasis Day is Important
More than 125 million people around the world suffer from psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. World Psoriasis Day helps disseminate important information that can help ease the pain of those living with psoriasis.
Through events such as runs and walks, World Psoriasis Day brings together psoriasis sufferers and their friends and family to show support for expanding treatments. The day is also marked by educational seminars designed to share the latest scientific and medical research.
Through outreach to potential supporters, World Psoriasis Day raises funds for new research and expanded treatment. For those already living with the disease — especially in countries with limited medical expertise — funding is critical to providing quality medical care.