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Psoriatic Arthritis is a long-standing or chronic disease that tends to worsen over time. Most people will experience alternating periods of symptom worsening and remission i.e., improvement in symptoms.
In most cases, skin symptoms precede joint symptoms by approximately 7 years, which makes detection easier.
Psoriatic Arthritis mainly affects:
Skin and nails
Rashes, scales on skin. Nail deformities and pitting.
Tendons and joints
Swelling on tendons, painful joints, restricted movement, stiffness
Toes and fingers
Swelling on fingers and toes
Studies have proven that 80% of Psoriatic Arthritis patients suffer from active Psoriasis (skin Psoriasis symptoms) too!
Remember: If you have Psoriasis, don’t ignore small, niggling joint pains. They may be signs that you may develop Psoriatic Arthritis in the near future.
Here are 3 simple steps to ensure early detection of Psoriatic Arthritis:
To be able to detect Psoriatic Arthritis early is the key to better management of the disease. You may already be affected by the Psoriasis skin symptoms like scaly skin, red, silvery and itchy skin patches and rash.
The knowledge that you may be at risk of developing Psoriatic Arthritis puts you one step ahead of the game.
You would be at a high risk of developing Psoriatic Arthritis if:
Communication is one of the essential parts of good healthcare. Regular follow-ups with your Dermatologist followed by adherence to the prescribed treatment will help you achieve your treatment goals. Writing down your queries and or symptoms prior to your visit will help you get across your points accurately. Be sure to discuss about your condition, treatment goals and treatment methods with your Dermatologist.
“It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of silver or gold” - Mahatma Gandhi
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