In this disease, each of the joints of the body may be involved, but mostly the joints of the fingers and lumbar and cervical vertebrae are affected.
The disorder is usually mild and begins mostly between the ages of 30 and 50 and lasts continuously throughout life. Pain, swelling, movement constraints, pain in the touch and warmth of affected joints, skin rashes, pitting nails, highlights and yellow, fatigue, and fever are signs of the disease.
Fists and feet are puffy and sassy, with joint pain and tenderness. The onset of psoriasis and joint pain can occur at the same time and place, but this is not always the case. You may also notice other things like:
Red and dry skin spots with silver and white skins
Small nicks in the nails
Nails removed from the skin
Redness and eye pain
Heel and back pain
For mild discomfort, over-the-counter medications such as aspirin may be sufficient. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to reduce inflammation of the joint, injections of corticosteroids into the joints (sometimes) and immunosuppressive drugs such as methotrexate. The new Otezla oral drug (opromilast) also helps with psoriatic arthritis.
Biologic drugs for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis include:
Cimzia (Stolizumab Pegol)
Enbrel and Altebrel (Ethanearpte)
Humira and CinnoRA (Adalimomb)
Causes of the disease:
The disease is likely to be transmitted to the family. About forty percent of people with this condition have close relatives in their own right who have joint problems or skin problems. Infections such as strep throat infection may also be associated with psoriasis.