PsA Basics

What you should know about psoriatic arthritis

You are not alone

According to the national Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis affects up to 7.5 million people in the United States. About 1.1 million people who have psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, or PsA. Some studies suggest that number may be as high as 2.25 million people.

Whether you’re new to treatment or already taking medicines for your PsA, it’s important to understand what treatment options are available. This section will help you explore your options, so you can keep managing your psoriatic arthritis.

What is psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that involves inflammation of the joints. People living with psoriatic arthritis believe it’s a burdensome disease. It usually occurs along with a skin disorder called psoriasis when patches of red and irritated skin are covered by flaky white scales. Changes in nails often take place too. In most cases, psoriasis appears before joint problems develop.

While the exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is not known, researchers believe that the condition develops due to a number of causes, including genetic, immunologic and environmental factors.

Signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include stiff, painful joints and redness, warmth and swelling in surrounding tissues. The two distinct features of psoriatic arthritis are nail changes and dactylitis, when fingers and toes swell and redden, and look like sausages.

There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis. However, with the right medical approach, most people living with psoriatic arthritis can manage their disease.

Did You Know?

About 40% of people with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have a family member with psoriasis or arthritis, so heredity may play a role, although what causes PsA exactly is not known.

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