Arthritis Psoriasis –
Symptoms And Medication Options
Arthritis psoriasis, also known as psoriatic arthritis, is a disease with both
inflammation of the joints and the skin. Psoriasis is characterized by raised,
patchy areas of skin that are red and scaly, and inflammatory arthritis develops
in around ten percent of the people who have psoriasis. When this occurs,
arthritis psoriasis is diagnosed.
In psoriatic arthritis, the arthritis and psoriasis rarely occur simultaneously.
Psoriasis occurs first for around 80% for most sufferers, while 15% with
arthritis psoriasis will experience arthritis symptoms first. Years can pass
before the other condition exhibits symptoms.
The cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown, though it is, in part, a hereditary
disease. While treatments are available, there is no cure.
A variety of medications exist to control the inflammation. Your doctor may
recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids,
disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), immuno-suppressant
medications, or TNF-alpha inhibitors. For severe cases of psoriatic arthritis,
immuno-suppressant medications or TNF-alpha inhibitors may be prescribed.
Both are effective but can cause damaging side effects.
You can purchase NSAIDs over the counter with a prescription from your
doctor. They can help control swelling and pain, but will yield side effects if used
on a long term basis. Corticosteroids are good for treating mild arthritis
psoriasis and may be injected straight into the joint or taken orally. Again, they
are usually only prescribed short-term to avoid damaging side effects. DMARDs
can actually limit joint damage caused by arthritis psoriasis, but they take weeks
or months to work and therefore are often prescribed along with a pain reliever.
With so many medications available and so many potential side effects, it is
important that you discuss the pro and cons of any psoriasis treatment plan with
your doctor. The right treatment will help you control