- Psoriatic arthritis is a condition where inflammation of the joints occur in patients who have a skin condition called psoriasis. Psoriasis causes peeling of the skin with scaling and can occur anywhere on the body but especially over the scalp, elbows, and knees.
- Not all patients with Psoriasis will develop arthritis. Also the skin changes may appear after arthritis in few patients.
- Patients with Psoriatic arthritis develop pain, swelling and stiffness of their joints. They may present with back pain which is worse with rest, red eyes, damaged nails and pain at the sites of insertion of the tendon to the bone.
- You should consult a Rheumatologist if you have the skin condition of Psoriasis and any of the symptoms mentioned above.
- Your Rheumatologist will ask you questions about your symptoms, examine you and order investigations to arrive at a diagnosis.
- Your Rheumatologist will discuss the best available treatment options and expected outcomes with you. With the right treatment, most people with Psoriatic arthritis can lead an active and normal life. Treatment options may include tablets, injectable medications, joint injections, fish oil capsules, exercises and others. You will need some regular ongoing treatment to control your arthritis.
- Learning strategies to cope with your pain, balancing your activities and rest periods and eating a healthy balanced diet are also essential. Feel free to discuss your difficulties with your Rheumatologist and seek help when needed. Losing weight will help to control your arthritis and Psoriasis.
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