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Psoriatic arthritis is what it sounds like: psoriasis and arthritis. It usually includes a combination of skin and joint symptoms. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis may actually have or develop psoriatic arthritis. But, it often goes undiagnosed, especially if the symptoms are mild.
In addition to skin symptoms, psoriatic arthritis has some other common symptoms to look for, including:
Psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent joint damage, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms to find a treatment that is right for you. Find a rheumatologist near you.
Psoriatic arthritis usually starts between the ages of 30–50, but it can appear at any age. It affects both men and women and does not have a set course.
Because each person with psoriatic arthritis is unique, be sure to talk to a rheumatologist who specializes in joint conditions.
Although the exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is not known, the immune system, family history, and environmental factors (like physical trauma or certain infections), all seem to play a role. There are actually a lot of similarities between what’s happening in the skin and what’s happening in the joints. In both, the immune system is not working properly. This causes skin cells to grow too quickly and joints to swell.