World Psoriasis Day 2021 is around the corner. The entire day will be dedicated to people dealing with Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis. For more than a decade, the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) has been celebrating October 29 as World Psoriasis Day.
This global event takes place to give voice to the 125 million people who are suffering alone. Millions of people have Psoriasis worldwide, and more than 8 million of them are from the United States. And as per studies, it is found out that 30 percent of Psoriasis patients get psoriatic arthritis which is yet another major concern. This makes it crucial to shed light on this issue and make more and more people learn about it. This is the reason World Psoriasis Day is observed every year.
Scroll down through this article and learn more about the disease as well as World Psoriasis Day. Expand your knowledge and take action to bring a change.
Learn About Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes inflammation in the body and multiplies the skin cells up to 10 times than normal. This usually happens because of the overactive immune system. In normal bodies, the immune system takes 30 days or so to push new cells. While it just takes two or three days for people who have Psoriasis. In this type of disorder, the skin develops into bumpy red patches and gets covered in white scales. These bumps show up on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back in most cases. Although they can occur on any part of the body, these are the most common ones.
The inflammation and plaques caused by this disease are usually itchy, burning, stingy, and have a tendency to impact other organs and tissues in the body. If it gets worse, it might also develop psoriatic arthritis, which includes swelling, stiffness, and pain in the joints and areas surrounding the joints.
Symptoms Of Psoriasis:
Signs and symptoms of Psoriasis vary from person to person and also depend on its type. However, some common symptoms are seen mainly in people.
- Red patches with thick, silver-colored scales
- Dry and cracked skin that might also bleed or itch
- Small scaling spots
- Disorders of the fingernails and toenails
- Swollen and stiff joints
- Itching, burning, or soreness on the skin
When To See A Doctor:
If you discover that you have Psoriasis, you must see your doctor immediately. If you are experiencing any symptoms or your Psoriasis has come up to these levels given below, get yourself treated soon.
- There’s no improvement even after a treatment
- Started experiencing joint problems, like pain or swelling
- Your skin is causing you discomfort or pain
- Psoriasis has become severe or is spreading
About World Psoriasis Day 2021
Every year, October 29 is celebrated as World Psoriasis Day. The awareness day sheds light on the difficulties faced by those who have Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
On this day, various organizations and the International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA) come forward and work to increase awareness of the condition and improve access to treatment. They perform multiple activities worldwide, giving these people the attention and consideration that they deserve.
History of World Psoriasis Day:
For many centuries, both doctors and patients have misunderstood the disease and ignored the symptoms. Even though many people tried to isolate the symptoms and come up with superstitions, some respected minds used their medical intelligence and replaced these superstitions with knowledge in treating skin ailments. It was a Greek physician Galen who discovered this disease as a skin disorder and labeled it Psoriasis. It was only in the 1800s that it was seen as a disease.
However, centuries later, in 2004, World Psoriasis Day was established. It was when various Psoriasis patient associations got together intending to create a steering committee, and they proposed this awareness day. That’s when the celebration of World Psoriasis Day began.
How To Observe World Psoriasis Day 2021?
World Psoriasis Day 2021 is all set to be celebrated on October 29. If you are interested in being a part of the event, take a look at how you can observe it.
- Make Donations
Donations help in shaping a better tomorrow for everyone who is suffering from this disease. It is one of the best ways of contributing. Charitable trusts or other organizations use donations or gifts to drive efforts to cure the disease and improve affected people’s lives. It also supports groundbreaking research that is much required for better treatment options and cures. So, this World Psoriasis Day, make sure you donate something and provide them with a better life. Remember, “Even a small contribution can bring a major change.”
- Share Story
If you or your loved ones have Psoriasis, then you can observe the awareness day by sharing their story. One can either do an interview, record a video sharing the experience, or create a group on any social media platform. By doing so, people will get to know the reality and have the courage to deal with the disease. Without a doubt, human stories are the best way to spread awareness and make people understand.
- Spread Words
Educating people is a great way to celebrate any awareness day. On the occasion of World Psoriasis Day, you can start by making yourself aware of the disease, its symptoms, treatment, and more. Once you are well educated, you can go out and spread the word about it. You can meet your loved ones to make them learn or host webinars and post on social media platforms.
- Take or Organize Walks
Various associations organize walks or runs. These walks are beneficial in getting in touch with the community of people to whom we can’t reach otherwise. Most of these walks include visiting lesser-known areas and educating people about the disease and its cure. This will help in spreading the word and making more and more people aware of it.
This World Psoriasis Day 2021, it’s time to take the lead and work towards bringing a change in society. Start by making you and your loved ones aware and then step out to spread your knowledge further.
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