Psoriatic Arthritis (or PsA) is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune condition that affects approximately 30% of people with psoriasis. However, it isn’t clear why Psoriatic Arthritis affects some people and not others. It also isn’t clear it is more severe in some people and mild in others, with only one or two joints affects as a result. What, then, are Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms and Treatments?
Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms and Treatments
Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms and treatments include:
With Psoriatic Arthritis, a person’s joints generally become tender, swollen and stiff. Symptoms are usually worse first thing in the morning. Psoriatic Arthritis often affects the smaller joints in the hands and feet. As a result, people have ‘sausage-like’ fingers and toes. This is the most common indicator of Psoriatic Arthritis, though nail psoriasis is also seen in a lot of people. As with psoriasis, the symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis can come and go. Therefore, it’s a good idea to see your GP or a specialist Consultant or Rheumatologist when you first experience symptoms so they can confirm it is Psoriatic Arthritis.
Psoriatic Arthritis is a long-term condition that can get worse over time. Therefore, it’s essential to seek treatment early to minimise any risk of permanent joint damage. The primary treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis is medication. There are a number of medications that might be prescribed, including:
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- Diseases-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
- Biological Therapies
In addition to medicine, a specialist may also recommend patients:
- Change their diet to include fresh fruit, vegetables and fibre and maintain a healthy weight.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Exercise regularly (but gently, helping keep joints flexible without damaging them further).
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