What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs in people with psoriasis, a condition characterized by red skin spots covered by silvery scales. In most cases, you may notice signs of psoriasis a long time before a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Typical signs of this disease include swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Flares of psoriatic arthritis may occur and alternate with phases of remission. Any parts of the body can be affected, especially the spine and fingertips. Currently, there is no cure for this condition. Many treatment options are available to prevent joint damage and reduce symptoms. If left untreated, the disease may be disabling.