What is Psoriatic Arthritis   Image result for 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.

Skin Care

  • 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.