Lose to Win at Psoriasis Planet of Pearls and Hugs

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Photos courtesy of Emmylou Casanova

Psoriasis is more than a skin or beauty problem. For those not afflicted with Psoriasis or not familiar with this problem, it’s time to be enlightened and be more sensitive to those who have this affliction.

What do we know about Psoriasis, is it something like skin asthma? Well, basically skin asthma is a problem of the skin but Psoriasis goes deeper, it is a systemic disease. Though non-contagious, people afflicted with the disease, isolate themselves for fear of discrimination and rejection by the community where many still don’t know much about it. There is no known cure for psoriasis yet, but empathy and understanding will enable sufferers to endure the pain and discomfort of the disease.

Psoriasis is a serious chronic inflammatory non communicable disease that affects the skin and joints. It has a severe physical, mental, socio-economic burden and carries a host of other serious co-morbidities such as depression, Uveitis, cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other immune-related conditions such a Crohn’s disease—that puts the patients into greater risks and shorter life span. About 2 million Filipinos are suffering in silence, either undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or untreated.

Enter PsorCOACH, a support group for psoriasis patients composed of trained PsorPhil members who guide them in their psoriasis journey to help them cope better with their condition. PsorCOACH program is intended to support the doctor-patient relationship. To learn more about PsorPhil’s PsorCOACH program, please visit www.psorphil.org or email at info@psorphil.org.

This August 2014, medical professionals are invited to attend the 5th National Psoriasis & Psoriatic Athritis Confernce (NPPAC) presented by Psorphil and the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS). Some of the most respected names in dermatology, rheumatology, and other medical specializations are expected to present the latest knowledge and studies surrounding psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and its co-morbidities.

For more information about this and other activities such as World Psoriasis Day on October 29, Free Skin Clinic at San Andres Sports Complex in October 26, People Empowerment for ARThritis and Lupus (PEARL) Musicale and Art Exhibit March 14-15, Lose to Win PsorPhil Edition, PsorPhil Livelihood Assistance NETwork and Training (PLANET) and PsorPhil’s HUG-ME Campaign, visit www.psorphil.org.

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