The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) has recently launched an online survey that aims at finding out which tools could lead to a better life in patients afflicted with the condition.
AdvertisementPsoriasis is a common inflammatory condition that usually affects the skin. The skin often develops thick plaques on the extensor surfaces of the body. These plaques are covered with scales and may reveal pinpoint bleeding on removing the scales.
Other parts that can also be affected by psoriasis include the nails, mucous membranes and joints (resulting in psoriatic arthritis).
Psoriasis not only causes physical effects, but may also have a psychological effect on the patient due to the unsightly appearance of the skin lesions.
Currently, there is no medication that can bring about a complete cure of psoriasis. It can be controlled to some extent with the use of:
• Medications for local application like coal tar, anthralin, calcipotriol and corticosteroids
• Light therapy, sometimes following the administration of a particular drug
• Medications for oral administration or injection
Some of the medications used for psoriasis can cause severe complications. The patient should therefore be monitored during the treatment.
The IFPA survey aims at finding out from the patients, their relatives, physicians or any other concerned person which tools could better the lives of psoriasis patients. The survey consists of 17 tools, out of which a person can choose 5. The person can also add their own suggestions to the survey.
The preliminary results of the survey are scheduled to be presented on World Psoriasis Day on October 29, 2014, while the final results will be presented at the 4th World Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis Conference in Stockholm July 8-11, 2015.
Based on the results of the survey, the IFPA hopes to take a step forward to improving the condition of psoriasis patients all over the world in keeping with its theme of World Psoriasis Day 2014, which is, "Building a better world for people with psoriasis."