World Psoriasis Day is observed every year on October 29th to make the general public aware of the important facts related to psoriasis and this disease and its treatment. In the year 2022, World Psoriasis Day is being observed with the theme of “Unloading Psoriatic Disease”.
What is Psoriasis?
- Psoriasis is a serious abnormal skin condition in which red and white scaly patches start developing on the patient’s skin. These spots usually appear on the elbows, knees, scalp or lower back. These spots can sometimes be itchy or painful. At the same time, as the problem progresses, they may also feel burning sensations or swelling.
- An Overactive Immune System is generally believed to be responsible for psoriasis. This problem affects men and women equally but its severity can vary from person to person. This skin disease is a long-lasting one, in which sometimes it may happen that the patient does not show any kind of symptoms, but after some time severe symptoms and effects can be seen in the victim.
- There are considered to be several types of psoriasis. Although there is no cure to get rid of it completely, its symptoms can be kept under control by taking the right treatment and precautions.
World Psoriasis Day 2022: Significance
This day is observed to honour those who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and has been successful in raising awareness of the suffering of millions of psoriasis patients worldwide.
In order to end the stigmatisation and discrimination that people with psoriasis have to face, The International Federation of Psoriatic Disease Associations (IFPA) plays a significant role in raising public awareness, sharing information, and educating people about the condition.
World Psoriasis Day 2022: History
The first World Psoriasis Day was observed in 2004. In the year 2014, The World Health Organization’s member nations declared October 29th to be the official day to highlight Psoriasis after realising the value of raising awareness of this particular condition.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- President of International Federation of Psoriasis Associations: Hoseah Waweru.
- International Federation of Psoriasis Associations Founded: 1971.
- International Federation of Psoriasis Associations Headquarters: Sweden.