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Welcome
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Welcome to

The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance

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We are here to work with Canadian skin patients to promote skin health and to improve quality of life. We hope that you find some useful resources on our site and we welcome your feedback.

Acne Report
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Acne Report

The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) and the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada are proud to launch Breaking Out: A report on the acne patient experience, to contribute to the knowledge of the lived experiences of people in Canada with acne

SE Tool kit
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Self Empowerment Toolkit

The CSPA is pleased to announce the launch of our Self-Empowerment Toolkit, a series of resources to educate, guide, and support skin, hair, and nail patients and those around them. Check out our first resource, a guide for talking to kids and youth about your skin condition!

Derm of the Year

Dermatologist of the Year

The CSPA is proud to announce Dr. Yuka Asai as our Dermatologist of the Year for 2021. Congratulations, Dr. Asai!

Spotlight
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SPOTLIGHT: Hazel's Story

We proudly honour Hazel Booth with the Tanny Nadon Caregiver Award. Hazel has supported her sibling, a burn survivor, for more than 28 years! Watch their video; see why Hazel is so special and deserving.

Is My Prescription Covered?
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Is My Prescription Covered?

The CSPA is proud to launch a new tool "Is My Prescription Covered?". This is a free and interactive drug coverage finder that will allow everyone in Canada to find out if their medication is covered.

Answer a series of yes or no questions and find out if your prescription is covered.

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A Volunteer Story

We are grateful for all of our wonderful CSPA volunteers! Click below as we focus in on a conversation with Educational Resource Developer, Harleen Cheema.

SunFit Project
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Sunfit Project

Want to help researchers better understand what Canadians know about skin cancer and its risk factors? Click the link below to complete this short 5-10 minute survey on skin cancer risk factors and sun safety practices.

Skin Patient Charter
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Skin Patient Charter

We are very proud to release the first ever charter specifically for patients living with conditions, diseases or traumas that affect the skin.

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Onychomycosis

  • Possible separation of nail from nail bed
  • Buildup of white, green, yellow or black debris under the nail
  • Discoloured nail bed and foul odour
  • Whitening or yellowing of the nail
  • Thickened and crumbling nail
  • Numbness, tingling or pain


Paronychia

  • Redness, pain and swelling
  • Abscesses (pus-filled cavities) may form
  • Duration is usually acute but chronic paronychia has symptoms lasting more than six weeks
  • Symptoms usually occur at the side of the nail fold
  • Occasionally the entire horseshoe of skin around the nail is involved
  • Green colouration of the nail indicates a Pseudomonas bacteria infection


Ingrown nails

  • Redness, swelling and tenderness
  • Pain during walking or running
  • Corners or sides of nails digging into soft tissue

Other symptoms can indicate a more serious underlying condition. The following are some common signs to watch for when examining your nails:

Nail appearance

Potential cause

White spots on nail

Mild trauma; may indicate infection

Thin, reddish-brown vertical lines under the nail

Damage to blood vessels in nail bed

Clear, jelly-filled bubble at nail base

Cyst that requires removal

Dark spots, streaks

Injury; if no injury, melanoma (skin cancer)

Pits, ripples, discoloration; crumbling and separation from nail bed

Psoriatic nails accompanying psoriasis

White nails

Liver diseases 

Half of nail is pink, other half is white 

Kidney diseases

Thick, yellow nails; slow growth

Lung disease

Nail bed is red

Heart conditions 

Nail bed is pale

Anemia

Yellow nails, slightly pink at base

Diabetes

No nail, thick nail, curved nail

Congenital deformities

Triangular half-moon at base of nail, thumb nails partially absent

Nail-Patella Syndrome

Concave, spoon-shaped nail

Plummer-Vinson syndrome

Rough, pitted opaque nail

Alopecia areata

Horizontal white lines

Abnormality in blood vessels beneath nail; may point to other conditions such as pellagra, Hodgkin disease, sickle-cell anemia

 

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Current Affiliates

A number of organizations work together with us to improve the lives of skin patients and their families in Canada.

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The three issues produced each year provide information you can use to help you with your skin condition or that of your loved ones.

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The CSPA would like to thank our sponsors.  We count on these important contributions to help serve dermatology patients in Canada.

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We are proud to partner with the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients

Find out more about CAPP and the work they do for Canadian Psoriasis patients and their familes.

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