If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) but still have uncontrolled skin and joint
it might be because you have too much inflammation in your body.
In an inflammatory condition like PsA, the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and results in increased inflammation. Over time, ongoing inflammation can
if it’s not diagnosed early and appropriately treated.
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Talk to your doctor about the role inflammation plays in PsA symptoms and how PsA treatment options fight it. If you are diagnosed with PsA, talk to your doctor about how your current treatment plan is working for you.
You answered "no" to all three questions
It's important to keep inflammation in check, so remember to ask your rheumatologist how inflammation can play a role in your symptoms. Healthy lifestyle and diet choices can help reduce inflammation—and a Living Well Kit, packed with anti-inflammatory recipes, can get you started.
Chronic inflammation from PsA has been associated with other conditions, too—like cardiovascular (heart) disease and obesity. Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis also have a higher rate of incidence in patients with psoriatic arthritis, as does uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease. If any of these symptoms seem familiar, talk to your rheumatologist who may also refer you to other specialists who manage these conditions.
It’s important to remember that appropriate, effective
can help control PsA symptoms—as well as help prevent further joint damage.
The 2018 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Guideline for the Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis includes updated recommendations.
To learn more about the guideline and recommendations, please talk to your rheumatologist.
Explore PsA Treatment Options
There are many different treatments for psoriatic arthritis. Talk to your rheumatologist and discuss a treatment plan that can help you achieve your personal goals, such as living with less joint pain and clearer skin.
Sources: 1. Gottlieb A, Merola JF. Psoriatic arthritis for dermatologists. J Dermatolog Treat. 2019;1-18. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2019.1605142. 2. Psoriatic arthritis. American College of Rheumatology. Updated March 2019. Accessed August 10, 2020. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Psoriatic-Arthritis.