Features January, 2012 Issue

Psoriatric Arthritis: When You Feel Pain Above and Below Your Skin

Scaly patches of skin can signal psoriasis, which can lead to joint pain. Best antidote: Have it checked out early.

Psoriatric Arthritis: When You Feel Pain Above and Below Your Skin

Prompt, coordinated care is vital to manage the skin and joint problems associated with this autoimmune disease.

Psoriatic arthritis (PA) affects up to one-third of people with psoriasis, characterized by scaly, red, irritated patches of skin. PA can affect anyone of any age, causing sometimes debilitating joint pain and swelling. Although PA occurs only in people with psoriasis, itís not always the cause of joint pain accompanying psoriasis. Therefore, you should seek a prompt evaluation to determine the source of the pain and to begin treatment early to combat PA and minimize its harmful effects on your joints, other areas of your body, and your quality of life.

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