Psioratic Arthritis

Psioratic Arthritis at The NLM

About Psioriatic Arthritis

Many people mistakenly believe that Psoriasis is purely a skin condition. Unfortunately there is also a form of Arthritis directly related to Psoriasis known as Arthritic Psoriasis or Psoriatic Arthritis. Psoriatic Arthritis, or PA as it may be referred to in the forum, can cause intense pain and inflammation of the joints just like regular arthritis.

The exact cause, like Psoriasis itself is unknown but it is believed that the causes of Psoriatic Arthritis may be due to disruption to the bodys immune system or an imbalance in genetics. Approximately 10 percent of Psoriasis sufferers also become affected by Psoriatic Arthritis and age does not seem to be a contributing factor which means that sufferers of any age may contract the disease.

The forms of treatment available for sufferers will often depend on the severity of flare and may initially include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but if this fails to work then stronger drugs like Methotrexate or Etanercept may be used. In additon there are assorted drugs which may be employed depending on the severity which include Sulfasalazine, Hydroxychloroquine, Corticosteroids or in extreme cases Azathioprine.

The Forum is fortunate to have a number of members who suffer from this form of Psoriasis who gladly share their own experiences about coming to terms with and treating this form of the disease.