What is Psoriatic Arthritis
- A condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints.
- Occurs in people with psoriasis, a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease characterized by a dry, scaly, itchy skin rash that most commonly occurs on the elbows, knees and scalp.
- Psoriasis may also cause changes in fingernails and toenails including small, pinpoint depressions in the surface of the nails, called pitting.
- The joint pain caused by psoriatic arthritis is usually associated with swelling and stiffness of joints, particularly in the knees, ankles, fingers and toes.
- Some with psoriatic Arthritis also have neck and/or back pain and stiffness which can limit movement.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis?
- Pain and swelling in one or more joints, usually the wrists, knees, ankles and/or joints at the ends of the fingers or toes.
- Swelling of fingers and/or toes that gives them a so-called “sausage-like” appearance.
- Low back or buttocks pain.
- Silver or gray dry, scaly spots with flaking skin on the scalp, elbows, knees and/or the lower end of the backbone.
- Pitting-small depressions in the fingernails and/or toenails, and/or detachment of nails.
- Avoid using strong soaps.
- Use non-deodorant soaps.
- Use lanolin cream or lotion.
- Put baby oil in your bath water.
- Use a humidifier if you live in a dry climate.
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