Managing Psoriatic Arthritis

January 11, 2016

For thirty percent of the people with psoriasis, they may also be in store for the unwanted pain of psoriatic arthritis. Most people first have psoriasis to deal with and later are diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.

Some people may have an inherited tendency for psoriatic arthritis and trauma or a trigger from an infection creates the onset of the condition. Here are some contributors psoriatic arthritis sufferers risk:

  • Psoriasis – The biggest chance for developing psoriatic arthritis is if you have psoriasis. People with psoriasis lesions on their nails are very likely to develop psoriatic arthritis.
  • Genetics – Many people with psoriatic arthritis have a family member who also has it.
  • Age – Anyone can develop psoriatic arthritis, but it usually occurs between ages 30 to 50.

Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling in your joints which also affect other body areas, like the tips of your fingers and your spine. The stiffness can make it difficult to move and is often worse in the morning. Exercise can improve the condition considerably.

Since there is not yet a cure for psoriatic arthritis, the focus must be on managing symptoms and preventing damage. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis can become crippling.

Psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis are both diseases deemed as chronic. Similarly, the conditions can improve, decline and improve in an erratic pattern.

Your joints can be affected on either side of your body or both. The symptoms often resemble rheumatoid arthritis. Both cause extreme pain in the joints, which swell and feel warm to the touch.

Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling in your hands and feet before joint symptoms emerge.
  • Pain at the back of your heel or the sole of your foot.
  • Some people develop a condition called spondylitis causing joint inflammation between the vertebrae of your spine and in the joints of your sacroiliac.
  • Nail lesions are common in 80-90 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis.

If you have psoriasis, be sure to tell your doctor if you notice joint pain. Psoriatic arthritis can be sudden or slowly develop, causing damage if left unchecked.

Psoriasis makes you inclined to be at risk of a heart attack and elevated cholesterol. Treatments can significantly lower these risks.

Looking for Help Managing your Psoriatic Arthritis?

Share your concerns about psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis with your board-certified dermatologist or doctor to discuss symptoms and treatment. Find out how to best manage your condition from a psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis expert. We have multiple locations throughout the country, so fill out our simple online form to get in touch with us. One of our local team members will reach out to you shortly to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit us soon.

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