Psoriatic Arthritis:
11 Things You Should Know
 
PsA Types
 
 

Did you know roughly 30% of people with the skin condition psoriasis also develop PsA?

In 60 to 80 percent of patients, psoriatic arthritis (PsA) starts in the skin. Some people are diagnosed with psoriasis and PsA at the same time, and up to 20 percent have PsA before they notice psoriasis.

PsA is a form of inflammatory arthritis that produces widespread inflammation throughout the body, which can lead to joint pain, stiffness and swelling – as well as periodic flares accompanied by fatigue and fever. But PsA is much more than a joint disease and it can be tough to diagnose.

Here are 11 things you need to know about psoriatic arthritis.

Answers to questions like:

  • Who gets the disease and at what age?
  • Does it run in the family?
  • Is it contagious?
  • What’s the tell-tale difference between PsA and rheumatoid arthritis?
  • Can it cause other health problems?

Early recognition of PsA symptoms, diagnosis and treatment are crucial to effectively managing the disease. You’ll get further ahead by knowing as much as you can about it.