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.
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
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. Psoriasis Cure
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
, 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
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 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."