Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms

About 10 to 30% of psoriasis patients eventually develop psoriatic arthritis. Many symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are similar to those of other types of arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis, which can make the disease difficult to diagnose. Symptoms can come and go, may begin either slowly or all of a sudden, and can vary depending on subtype.

One of the most common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis is painful and swollen joints; although this appears in most types of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis specifically tends to affect the fingers, toes, ankles, knees, wrists, and joints near the lower back. The swelling may make an entire finger or toe look like a sausage. Joints may also feel warm to the touch. Stiffness. Again, this is common in most forms of arthritis. The stiffness can be worse in the morning or after getting up from a nap. Another symptom is difficulty moving and reduced range of motion: When the smaller joints in your fingers are involved, this could lead to difficulty doing things that require fine motor skills, such as cooking.

People with psoriatic arthritis may also experience fatigue, eye irritation (such as conjunctivitis or an infection in the eyelid), and changes in your skin and nails (nails may become pitted or peel away from the nail bed, and you may also develop scaly red or gray patches on the skin, especially near the scalp, elbows, and knees).

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