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Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments

Early detection is key

While there's currently no cure for PsA, there are various treatment options available to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and reduce inflammation in your joints. Early diagnosis is key in preventing or limiting extensive damage to your joints and disability that can occur in later stages of the disease.

Treating PsA and psoriasis

If you’re currently treating your psoriasis with topicals or phototherapy, a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis may result in a change of treatment, so it’s important to talk to your doctor. While the exact type of treatment prescribed will depend on the severity of your PsA, some treatments, like systemics (psoriasis treatments available in the form of oral or injected medications), work from inside the body and can treat PsA, addressing both your skin and joint symptoms.

Familiarize yourself with the different treatment options below and ask your dermatologist if any of them may be right for you. Your dermatologist may refer you to a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the joints, muscles, and bones.

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    NSAIDs help to reduce inflammation and ease pain and stiffness in milder cases of PsA. They can include prescription products as well as over-the-counter medications.
  • Disease-modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
    DMARDs are used to treat more severe symptoms and can slow or limit the amount of joint damage, as well as reduce pain and inflammation. DMARDs include systemics, which can be taken by mouth or injected. Biologics are taken by injection or infusion. Another type called traditional systemics are typically taken by mouth.
  • Local steroid injections
    When few joints are involved, injections of steroids can help relieve symptoms.

Psoriasis Patient Advocate Program

Connect with a psoriasis patient advocate in your area for one-to-one psoriasis education and support. It’s absolutely free!

Get Your Refusing to Hide Guide

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Learn more about psoriatic arthritis from Refusing to Hide. This useful resource also includes tips, helpful insights, and simple strategies for improving your relationship with your dermatologist and living well with psoriasis.

Psoriatic Arthritis FAQs

  • Do psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis appear at the same time?

    In 80% of PsA patients, symptoms of psoriasis appear first. Typically, PsA symptoms don't appear until about 10 years after psoriasis.

  • Is there a cure for psoriatic arthritis?

    While there's currently no cure, there are a number of treatment options.

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