• People who have psoriasis are at risk for developing psoriatic arthritis
  • If you have psoriasis, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis can be diagnosed by your dermatologist
  • There are ways to manage psoriatic arthritis symptoms, including medication and diet and lifestyle modifications.

Who is at Risk for Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)?

People with psoriasis (Ps) are at risk for developing psoriatic arthritis. However, psoriasis does not cause PsA, and vice versa. In some cases, PsA develops after plaque psoriasis.

Inflammation is thought to be an underlying cause of both plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriatic arthritis can be diagnosed by a dermatologist or rheumatologist.


PsA Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis may include:

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Joint stiffness, pain, and swelling

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Feeling tired or lacking energy

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Painful, sausage-like swelling of fingers or toes

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Nail changes

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Tendon and heel pain

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Eye inflammation
(which may cause blurry vision and permanent damage)

If you have psoriasis, it’s especially important to be on the lookout for any signs of psoriatic arthritis and discuss them with your doctor.

How is Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosed?

Unfortunately, there are no tests to determine if you have PsA. This is why it’s especially important to have an ongoing conversation with your dermatologist about any new signs or symptoms.

Your dermatologist can determine if you have PsA based on what they see during your visit, including:

  • Self-reported symptoms of joint pain and swelling
  • Swollen fingers or toes
  • Condition of your nails
  • Results of bloodwork to help rule out other conditions
  • Skin evaluation
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Working with Your Dermatologist

Regular, routine dermatologist visits are the perfect time to check in about PsA. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, you may want to ask the following:

  • How will I know if I’m experiencing PsA symptoms?
  • What should I do if I notice any PsA symptoms?
  • What are treatment options for PsA?
  • Can changes to my diet or lifestyle help me manage my PsA symptoms?
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Managing Psoriatic Arthritis

Although there is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, there are treatment options to help manage symptoms and reduce inflammation, such as:

  • Dietary changes including eating foods that fight inflammation
  • Adding daily exercise
  • Finding the right treatment to help manage PsA symptoms

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