Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects about 30% of people who already have psoriasis, a chronic skin disease. It occurs when your immune system mistakenly starts attacking healthy joints and skin. The faulty immune response causes inflammation that can trigger joint pain, stiffness and swelling, as well as red, scaly skin patches called plaques.
For some people, symptoms can be mild with occasional flare-ups. For others, they can be continuous. Over time, psoriatic arthritis can cause irreversible joint damage in some patients, so the earlier you receive a diagnosis, the better.
Identifying where your symptoms are occurring and their severity can help your doctor determine which type of psoriatic arthritis you may have.
Take the short quiz below to find out if you have psoriatic arthritis symptoms or other factors that may be associated with psoriatic arthritis. Then share the results with your doctor.
Please note: This quiz is not meant to diagnose patients with psoriatic arthritis. Talk to your doctor about your results.
Your answers indicate that you haven’t experienced any of the common symptoms listed above that are associated with psoriatic arthritis. It is always important to talk to your doctor about any medical concerns you may have.
You indicated you’ve experienced one or more symptoms commonly associated with psoriatic arthritis.
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This quiz is not intended to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. Speak with your doctor about the results of this quiz to get a proper diagnosis. If you are seeing a primary care physician or dermatologist, he or she may refer you to a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in joint diseases. A timely and accurate diagnosis is important.
The more you know about psoriatic arthritis, the better prepared you'll be to understand what it may mean for you.