Psoriatic Arthritis Affects
the Joints and the Skin
Psoriatic Arthritis is a
condition which affects both the skin and the joints. Psoriatic
arthritis usually afflicts individuals who are between 40 and 50
years. Psoriatic arthritis does not discriminate between the
sexes--as both females and males are diagnosed with psoriatic
arthritis. It is interesting to note that while psoriatic arthritis
is a skin and joint disease, the psoriasis can show up many years
prior to the arthritis. The reverse can also be said. The arthritis
may precede psoriasis. Read how one woman cured
her Arthritis HERE!
In eight out of ten patients,
psoriasis comes first. In fact, it is common for a patient to have
psoriasis for fifteen years or more before the onset of arthritis.
When the joint disease does appear, a diagnosis of psoriatic
arthritis is made. Only a small percent of individuals with
psoriasis (about 10%) will go on to develop psoriatic arthritis.
The patients who have had arthritis for years may not realize they
are afflicted with psoriatic arthritis when they first notice a
skin problem. If you have arthritis and develop a skin condition,
you should promptly notify your physician to see if you have
The characteristics of
psoriasis are scaling and inflammation of the skin. Scales develop
because the outer layer of skin reproduces at a much faster rate
than normal. Psoriasis affects areas of the skin and thickens them.
This area will become red and then develop silvery scales. The skin
may crack at joint sites, and itching and burning is normal.
Arthritis is a condition in which the joints of the body become
afflicted due to the breakdown of the tissue or lining around the
joints. Swelling, stiffness and limited mobility are all a product
of arthritis. When these two disorders are present at the same
time, a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis is usually
The individual with psoriatic
arthritis will have both the symptoms of arthritis and psoriasis.
This can be a very uncomfortable disease. Psoriatic arthritis
should not be left untreated. The treatments prescribed for
psoriatic arthritis will vary on an individual basis based upon the
symptoms and severity of the patient.
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