Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that 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.
Over time, psoriatic arthritis can cause degenerative joint damage in some patients, so the earlier you receive a diagnosis, the better.
– Jessica, HUMIRA Patient
Psoriasis symptoms usually come first. Red, scaly patches, known as plaques, can appear on any part of your body. However, some people have few or no skin symptoms at all.
Joint tenderness, swelling, and stiffness can follow years after skin symptoms start. And over time, if left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent joint damage.
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Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease, so the treatment focus is on controlling symptoms and helping to prevent further damage to your joints.
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