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Psoriatic arthritis overview

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Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, is a chronic disease that causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints, as well as swollen fingers and toes, splitting fingernails and toenails that often peel away from the nail bed, eye pain and redness, and pain in the back of the heel. Typically, PsA affects people who already have psoriasis, a condition marked by reddish scaly skin lesions. And while patients are usually diagnosed with psoriasis first, joint problems can appear before skin symptoms do.

The exact cause of PsA is unknown. However, both genetic and environmental factors, as well as your body's own immune system, seem to be associated with its development. PsA is linked to psoriasis of the skin—in 70% of individuals, the skin disease preceded joint disease. There is no cure for PsA, but treatment options are available, including education, physical and occupational therapy, exercise, and a variety of drug therapies.

Living with psoriatic arthritis

As you know, PsA can make it difficult to perform many everyday activities like showering, getting dressed, doing chores, getting in and out of a car, and running simple errands. The impact and degree of difficulty vary from person to person. Fortunately, with medical treatment and regular physical activity, you can manage the degree and severity of symptoms caused by PsA.

Your PsA symptoms can suddenly flare and then go into remission for extended periods or can remain active for many years at a time. If left untreated, PsA can lead to persistent inflammation, progressive joint damage, pain, disability, and further restrictions to your everyday activities.

How psoriatic arthritis progresses

How PsA progresses varies from person to person, but for most people it can worsen over time if it isn't managed properly. If your PsA is not controlled or you do not respond well to treatment, you may experience further joint damage and general worsening of symptoms. Unfortunately, once joint damage has occurred, it cannot be reversed, even if PsA becomes inactive.

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