29 October 2015

EADV on World Psoriasis Day 2015

Brussels/Lugano, 29 October 2015. Today, on World Psoriasis Day, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology highlights the importance of tackling prejudices against patients with psoriasis.

Nearly three percent of the world's population, men, women, and children, even new-born babies, endure the symptoms of psoriasis. Many tolerate constant pain from cracking and bleeding skin. They sometimes fall victims of public rejection because of the misunderstanding surrounding the disease. Some people still compare psoriasis to being unclean or self-imposed and shun those who bear its mark. As a result, many people with psoriasis isolate themselves because of such a deep sense of shame.

Although psoriasis is a visible condition, patients still suffer from others’ misperceptions, especially about the most persistent prejudice, that psoriasis is contagious. Persons suffering from psoriasis have a tendency of isolating themselves from their peers and this loneliness can lead to depression and anxiety.

Focusing the general public on these facts is also the goal of the recent World Health Organization Resolution on Psoriasis.

Between 7 and 11 October 2015, during the 24th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in Copenhagen, a number of leading experts discussed everything new around psoriasis. At the same time, the EADV was proud to host for the first time a Patient Village within the premises of the Congress, bringing together practitioners and patients of skin diseases. Today our thoughts are with the patients of psoriasis. The EADV is committed to keep raising its voice for psoriasis, not only in terms of scientific research, but also to help patients overcome societal prejudices and improve relations with doctors.

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