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By: Steve Weber
Psoriatic Arthritis is not the worst form of Arthritis, but it is definitely a double dose of bad luck. On the one hand you have to deal with Psoriasis which is a skin disease, and on the other hand you are vulnerable to Arthritis which cannot be explained without the words pain and discomfort.

The annoying fact is that you have to deal with characteristics of both diseases at the same time. In 80% of the cases, the victim is first infected by Psoriasis and Arthritis follows this condition. Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disorder. Victims discover red, pink or purple scaly patches on their skin especially around the joints. For example: knee, elbow, wrist, fingers, scalp, spine and toes. These patches may turn out to be itchy and even burn occasionally.

The Arthritic symptoms involve the inflammation of joints, tortuous pain, and disability to perform ordinary movements and in rare occasion's deformities in fingers and toes. The "sausage" like symptom is famous among patients and it is the result of fluids building up inside the joints; mostly in fingers and toes. Unlike other forms of Arthritis, Psoriasis Arthritis has some special symptoms that you need to be aware of. For instance: the inflammation of the eyes. A lot of people mistake this for conjunctivitis and if treatment is not given on time, it can even result in loss of vision. Unfortunately, most doctors do not think that using glucosamine MSM is a viable treatment alternative.

Apart from the joints, you can also develop complications in the lungs due to an inflammation in the lining. Where there is a problem, there is always a solution. Treatment is provided with the aim of achieving 3 main targets: Reducing pain, reducing or eliminating inflammation and increasing mobility. Pain killers are given to reduce pain. For e.g.: Aspirin. Inflammation is reduced by NSAIDS and Steroids. For e.g.: naproxen and ibuprofen. Mobility is improved and preserved by engaging the patient in physical and occupational therapy. Generally, doctors diagnose Psoriatic Arthritis after a minimum of six weeks since the appearance of the first signs. But this is no reason to avoid the clinic.

The sooner, you get it checked, the better it is for you. Delaying may cause severe complications and you definitely do not want to be at the receiving end. Keep an eye open to the changes around you. You do not have to be an expert to identify the difference between a normal and unusual change. If you experience any sort of pain or discomfort that cannot be explained make an appointment with your local doctor and get it checked. This will be a stepping stone towards avoiding endless sleepless nights and self pity, not to forget the deprivation of an ordinary life.


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