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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.

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.

NVW 2022
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National Volunteer Week

We salute all of our CSPA Volunteers during #National Volunteer Week and throughout the year.  Click below to read about the experiences of some of our volunteers.

A Patient's Story
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REFLECTIONS: A Patient’s Story

REFLECTIONS: A Patient’s Story amplifies the voices of those living with conditions affecting hair, skin or nails. Hear from Christine - living with ichthyosis, characterized by skin that appears as dry, thickened & scaly.

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Welcome

We are pleased to announce that the Mamingwey Burn Society has joined the CSPA as an Affiliate Member! This organization supports burn survivors, their families and caregivers, burn unit staff and fire fighters in Manitoba and the surrounding area. We look forward to collaborating with the Mamingwey Burn Society community!

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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