Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis - What You Must Know!

kellyeversonPublished: February 17, 201474 views
Published: February 17, 2014

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About 1 in every 1000 children develops some kind of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects 2% of the Caucasian population in the United States.

Let's now discuss the 5 common symptoms of Psoriatic arthritis mentioned below:

1. Pain

Pain is the most common complaint in psoriatic arthritis. The inflammation in this arthritis can cause long-term damage to joints. It can make the joint more sensitive to pain as well. The most susceptible joint is usually the hinge joint of the fingers or toes. The arthritis symptoms can be treated with exercise, ice application, medication and surgery.

2. Stiffness

Stiffness is also a characteristic finding in psoriatic joints. The fingers of a joint affected by psoriatic arthritis are described as sausage fingers. This is because when the joints are swollen, it is difficult to move them effortlessly. Inflammation in the tendons and ligaments of the joint further aggravates the stiffness in these joints.

3. Swelling

Inflammation induces swelling in the small joints of the fingers and toes. A characteristic symptom of psoriatic arthritis is red, hot swollen joints with a decreased range of movement. This makes the fingers sausage like and decreases the range of movement.

4. Fever

10% cases of psoriatic arthritis start with a systemic onset. This will present as repeating bouts of high fever sometimes even up to 103°F or higher. When fever is the predominating symptom, it may cause inflammation of the internal organs but joint inflammation may not begin for months or even years after the fevers start.

5. Rashes

The predominant skin symptoms in psoriatic arthritis show up as a raised scaly salmon colored rash. This rash is scaly in nature and presents as a patchy red and white surface.

For most people these psoriatic symptoms begin 5 to 10 years before the onset of arthritis. I hope you all now understand these symptoms very well. Thanks for watching it!

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