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What is Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis

A form of arthritis that develops in conjunction with existing Psoriasis.

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects individuals who already have psoriasis, which is a skin disease that features rashes of red patches and silvery scales. A combination of genetics, environment and immunity are believed to cause the disease, but there is no certifiably known cause. Psoriatic arthritis, much like other forms of arthritis, is a response to a disorder where immune cells attack healthy cells. Joint pain and swelling and the overproducing of skin cells are the results of this condition.

An individual will most likely be diagnosed with psoriasis before being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, but joint pain and swelling can occur before the rash appears. Psoriatic arthritis most commonly develops in individuals aged 30-50 who also have psoriasis.

There is no cure for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Treatment is focused on alleviating discomfort, pain management, and reducing joint damage.

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