Written by Amy Pusey (last updated April 24, 2009)
Doctors see countless patients have day who complain to them about the pain they are experiencing. For some of these individuals, it is a secondary symptom to a pre-existing condition from which they already suffer. Psoriatic Arthritis is such a disease because it often is an aside to the skin condition, Psoriasis, which creates dry, red and scaly lesions on the skin surface. Approximately 30% of Psoriasis sufferers develop this form of arthritis, occurs in both men and women usually between the ages of 30 to 35.
Often hereditary, Psoriatic Arthritis is traditionally triggered by trauma, or a streptococcal infection. Generally, a medical doctor will use blood tests and x-rays to confirm a diagnosis. Incidentally, if a doctor requests an examination of the synovial fluid (taken from areas such as the elbows, hips, or shoulders,) this is to rule out the present of Gout (Crystal Arthritis.)
Psoriatic Arthritis' symptoms are similar to those of Rheumatoid Arthritis, involving:
Typical treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis includes, but is not limited to:
Psoriatic Arthritis can be quite uncomfortable, especially if it is present during an episode of Psoriasis. If you currently deal with the related skin disorder and experience persistent joint discomfort, speak to your treating physician about these additional symptoms to receive appropriate care. Alternatively, if you have been diagnosed and prescribed a treatment plan, adhering to it will add to your overall well-being.
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