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Psoriatic Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatments

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:41 PM

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs in the skin of a person. It leads to the development of red, flaky patches in the patient’s skin. A person is affected by psoriatic arthritis when he or she suffers from extreme psoriasis and it leads to joint pain, apart from the skin disorder.

It can be years from when a person develops a skin disease until he or she starts to suffer from psoriatic arthritis and deals with joint pain as well as skin disorder. Psoriatic arthritis can also lead to inflammation in the spine. The treatment used for the joint pain of psoriatic arthritis is different.
Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

There are various symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. The patients start to develop joint pain, which is a result of joint stiffness. Psoriatic arthritis can also affect many joints giving the disorder the form of rheumatoid arthritis thereby giving rise to tremendous joint pains. Another symptom of psoriatic arthritis is when patients can feel pain while walking. This symptom occurs when there is inflammation of the tendons behind the heel.
One of the many other symptoms includes chest pain that occurs due to inflammation of the chest wall and cartilage. The other symptoms can be seen in the eyes, aorta, and lungs of patients. The symptom for the eye is when the patient develops irits. This can lead to blindness, also. The symptom of aorta is its inflammation that can also lead to heart failure. Any inflammation in and around the lungs giving rise to shortness of breath can be a symptom of arthritis.
Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

Treatment plans can include reduction in joint pain and swelling and prevention of other issues. A treatment will be recommended by doctors on the basis of the severity of the joint pain and skin disorder and other symptoms of the disease. It will also depend upon the reaction the patient has after a treatment.
If the disease is caught on early, then treatment will help to combat joint pain and further skin problems. If skin issues are controlled, then the treatment must be good. The treatments for joint pain and skin disorder for this disease include:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • New oral treatments
  • Biologics
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
There is no exact cure for this disease. Patients can meet with physicians and come up with treatment plans to prolong the progressiveness of the disease.

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Psoriatic arthritis is an extreme condition of psoriasis. In this, the patient suffers from skin disorders as well as joint pain. There are various treatment plans for this disorder. Patients should meet doctors for the best course of action.
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