What is psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis can cause painful inflammation in and around your joints. It’s often associated with a scaly skin condition called psoriasis, but the arthritis sometimes develops before the psoriasis. Read more
What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?
Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can include a red, scaly skin rash (psoriasis), stiff, painful joints and sausage-like swelling of fingers or toes. Read more
What causes psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis are both caused by inflammation. We don’t yet know exactly what triggers the inflammation, although a particular combination of genes may increase your risk. Read more
What is the outlook for psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis can vary a great deal – about a third of people will have a mild form of the condition but others will have more severe symptoms. Read more
How is psoriatic arthritis diagnosed?
Your doctor will examine you and ask if you have a family history of psoriasis. You may also have blood tests to rule out other conditions, and x-rays can may help to confirm the diagnosis. Read more
What treatments are there for psoriatic arthritis?
Treatments for psoriatic arthritis can include drugs, ointments or light therapy for skin symptoms, and exercise and physiotherapy to keep your joints mobile. Read more
Self-help and daily living for psoriatic arthritis
Keeping to a healthy weight will help reduce the strain on your joints. Exercising will help, but you’ll need to find the right balance between rest and activity so you don't overdo it. Read more
Research and new developments for psoriatic arthritis
Recent research has made it possible to look for genes that increase the likelihood of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Read more