Psoriatic arthritis is a specific autoimmune condition in which a person has both psoriasis and arthritis. Some psoriatic arthritis symptoms and signs include scaly red skin on certain areas of the body, nail changes, eye inflammation, iritis, and inflammation of the muscles and tendons where they connect to the bone. There are a variety of psoriatic arthritis types. The goal of psoriatic arthritis treatment medications and lifestyle changes is to control inflammation.
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ArthritisArthritis is inflammation of the joints. Arthritis causes include injury, abnormal metabolism (such as gout), inheritance (such as in osteoarthritis), infections (such as in the arthritis of Lyme disease), and an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis [RA] and systemic lupus erythematosus). Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited joint function. Treatment may include pain medications, pain-relieving creams, and dietary supplements.
IritisIritis, or anterior uveitis, is an inflammation on the front part of the eye called the iris. The iris is the colored part of the eye that opens and closes the pupil of the eye. Trauma, infections, or autoimmune problems can all cause iritis. Iritis is typically treated with eyedrops or pills.
Joint PainJoint pain can be caused by injury or disease affecting any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Pain also occurs with joint inflammation (arthritis) and infection. Joint pain symptoms can be associated with local warmth, swelling, and tenderness. Treatment depends on the cause and can include rest, cold applications, medications, physical therapy, or surgery.
Nail PsoriasisPsoriasis is a common condition. Psoriasis symptoms and signs include patches of raised red skin with silvery scales. Symptoms and signs of nail psoriasis include thickening and pitting. Treatment of nail psoriasis may include medications or removal of the nail.
PsoriasisPsoriasis is a common and chronic skin disorder caused by inflammation that affects 1%-2% of people in the U.S. There are several different types of psoriasis. Clinical types of psoriasis include pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, or guttate psoriasis. Psoriasis is typically found on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. Symptoms and signs include red, raised, scaly areas on the skin that may itch or burn. Treatment may involve topical therapy, phototherapy, and medication.
Understanding Psoriasis MedicationsThere are a number of good treatment options to control the skin lesions of psoriasis. Topical agents are practical when treating localized disease. Phototherapy should be considered if the disease covers more than 5%-10% of the total body surface area. Systemic agents should be started only after both topical treatment and phototherapy have been carefully considered.
Pustular PsoriasisPustular psoriasis is an uncommon form of psoriasis. People with pustular psoriasis have clearly defined, raised bumps on the skin that are filled with pus (pustules). Treatment incorporates topical therapy and systemic therapy.
PUVA TherapyPUVA stands for psoralen and ultraviolet A. After ingesting psoralen, the patient is exposed to a precise amount of ultraviolet light. PUVA therapy (photochemotherapy) is useful in the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo and mycosis fungoides. PUVA may cause skin cancer and puts patients at risk for squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Types of PsoriasisPsoriasis is a chronic disease of the skin that affects approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. Typical characteristics of psoriasis are red, dry, patches of skin and inflammation.
What Is PsoriasisPsoriasis is a skin disease that causes red raised patches of skin covered with silvery thick scales. Environmental factors and injuries may trigger psoriasis flare-ups.
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Psoriatic Arthritis Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins
Adalimumab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »
Infliximab reduces the effects of a substance in the body that can cause inflammation...learn more »
Tazarotene topical (for use on skin) is a compound similar to vitamin A. It helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and may improve the appearance and te...learn more »
Methoxsalen works by enhancing the body's sensitivity to ultraviolet light A (UVA)...learn more »
Fluocinolone is a steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »
Clobetasol is a highly potent steroid that helps reduce inflammation in the body...learn more »
Cortisone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »
Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation...learn more »
Cyclosporine weakens your body's immune system, to help keep it from "rejecting" a transplanted organ such as a kidney. Organ rejection happens when the imm...learn more »
Methotrexate interferes with the growth of certain cells of the body, especially cells that reproduce quickly, such as cancer cells, bone marrow cells, and s...learn more »