In some people who suffer from psoriasis (a disease that causes red patches of skin topped with silvery scales), they can also suffer from a form of arthritis known as psoriatic arthritis. Most people will have psoriasis for many years before developing psoriatic arthritis. But in some cases, joint problems will develop before skin patches appear or at the same time.

Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the main signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. They can affect any part of the body, even the fingertips, and spine, and range from relatively mild to severe symptoms. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, symptoms may go through periods of calm before flaring up again.

There is no known cure for psoriatic arthritis, and treatment is aimed at controlling the symptoms and protecting joint health. Without treatment, psoriatic arthritis can be disabling.

What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis mirror closely to those of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness (specifically morning stiffness)
  • Swelling
  • Joints become warm to the touch

What are the causes of psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissue. Inflammation in the joints and overproduction of skin cells result from the body’s immune response.

Genetic and environmental factors likely play a role in this immune system response. Many people with psoriatic arthritis have a family history of either psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Certain genetic markers found by researchers appear to be associated with psoriatic arthritis.

Physical trauma or viral or bacterial infection could trigger psoriatic arthritis in people with an inherited tendency.

If you or a loved one suffers from psoriatic arthritis, contact us. Let Nextgen Wellness give you the care you deserve.

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