USF Health Dermatology wins Team Award for National Psoriasis Foundation Tampa Walk

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Some members of the USF Health Department of Dermatology show off the Team Award they received at the NPF Tampa Walk.

The USF Health Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery received a Team Award for participation in the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Walk held Saturday, Oct. 24, at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. The department put together one of the Tampa Walk teams raising more than $1,000, and was also a sponsor for the local walk, which so far has raised more than more than $22,000 to benefit NPF.

Many USF Dermatology employees came out help participants register and to support the walk, an annual event dedicated to finding a cure for psoriatic disease.  Dermatology residents staffed an “Ask the Doctors” booth, answering people’s questions about psoriasis and other skin diseases.

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. People affected by psoriasis are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory diseases.

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USF dermatology residents staffed an “Ask the Doctors” booth at the walk.