What is Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis is a type of arthritis associated with psoriasis (a skin problem- skin looks like red, patchy, raised or scaly areas) and chronic joint symptoms. Most people develop psoriasis first and are later diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, but the joint problems can sometimes begin before skin lesions appear. The symptoms of psoriasis and joint inflammation often develop separately.
Signs and symptoms
- Pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints.
- Swelling in the fingers or toes
- Lower back pain
- Changes in the nails with sever pain
- Symmetric psoriatic arthritis
- Asymmetric psoriatic arthritis
- Distal interphalangeal predominant (DIP)
- Arthritis mutilans
How is it Diagnosed?
There is no specific test to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. It is usually diagnosed by multiple diagnosis.