Psoriasis Awareness Week 2019
Psoriasis Awareness Week ran from Monday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November, with World Psoriasis Day taking place on Tuesday 29th October.
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- Share our #PAW19 videos
- Psoriasis and pregnancy tips infographic
- Events and fundraisers
Psoriasis Awareness Week runs annually and aims to raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. 2019's theme was treating psoriasis before, during and after childbirth.
We wanted to get as many people as possible – including schools, workplaces, communities and health professionals - involved in this year’s campaigning.
Share our #PAW19 videos
Over the course of Psoriasis Awareness Week, we released four brand new videos related to the theme of treating psoriasis before, during and after childbirth.
First up is the male perspective from actor, Greg Finnegan. Greg has had psoriasis since he was eight years old and is now a father to three young boys. He discusses the benefits of having a supportive partner once your baby has arrived and how he balances his treatment routine with being a busy, working Dad. Watch Greg's video below.
In our second video, Liz Buckley offers a female perspective of treating psoriasis during pregnancy and discusses some of the issues she faced before and after her daughter Isabelle was born.
Liz, who has had psoriasis since she was eight years old, talks about some of the treatments she tried while pregnant and her worries that her new baby would develop psoriasis. She also discusses candidly the difficult decisions she had to face when deciding whether to try for another baby when her skin was at its clearest.
Dr Elise Kleyn
Our third and fourth videos offer a clinician's perspective on treating psoriasis before, during and after pregnancy.
We hear from Dr Elise Kleyn, a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Dermatology at The University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, who emphasises the importance of early discussions with your GP or dermatologist when thinking about starting a family and the many different treatment options that are now available.
The video is split into two parts and the first is available here:
You can watch the second of Dr Kleyn's videos here:
Psoriasis and pregnancy tips infographic
Treating psoriasis before, during and after pregnancy is a topic which we know is extremely important to many parents and parents-to-be who are living with psoriasis.
Planning for a family is a very exciting time but for many people with psoriasis, this can mean worrying about which treatments they will be able to use and what effect changing treatments may have on their skin.
We have produced a handy tip sheet offering advice to people thinking about starting a family and featuring a number of helpful tips such as how to support your partner and allowing enough time for rest, exercise and applying topical treatments once the baby arrives.
Our colourful infographic, which features tips for before, during and after pregnancy has been compiled by those who have already experienced treating psoriasis during pregnancy.
You can download a copy of the infographic here
Events and Fundraisers
We were delighted that more than 60 of you got in touch to let us know that you were planning to either distribute information or hold an awareness stand during Psoriasis Awareness Week. These events took place all over the UK, as you can see on the map below.
In addition, we were out and about ourselves here at the Psoriasis Association, holding awareness stands at local shopping centres in Banbury and Weston Favell, Northampton, as well as in the Dermatology department at Northampton General Hospital.
If you held an event or fundraiser that we aren't already aware of, don't forget to let us know by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add your activities to the map.
A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help raise awareness of psoriasis during this year's Psoriasis Awareness Week!