Psoriatic Arthritis 101
If you have psoriasis, then you’ve probably heard you’re at risk for psoriatic arthritis, or perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with the condition and want to know more. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis. Like with psoriasis, it happens when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues, causing inflammation. Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint in the body and lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling. Ultimately, if left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent, debilitating damage to your joints. That’s why it’s important to understand the symptoms and to seek treatment as soon as possible, if you show signs.
What Are the Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis?
The primary symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Your joints may also feel warm to the touch. Your symptoms may develop slowly or escalate rapidly. Like with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis can flare up, at times. During flare-ups, symptoms become worse; then, later the arthritis can go into remission for periods of time where you feel better.
Psoriatic arthritis can affect one joint, multiple joints, or different joints at different times. It’s more likely than other arthritic conditions to cause sausage-like swelling in the fingers and toes.