Musculoskeletal disorders

Psoriatic arthritis

About Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. You usually get them on your elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet, but they can show up on other parts of your body.

Some people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis. It causes pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints. It is often mild, but can sometimes be serious and affect many joints. The joint and skin problems don't always happen at the same time.

Your doctor will do a physical exam and imaging tests to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. There is no cure, but medicines can help control inflammation and pain. In rare cases, you might need surgery to repair or replace damaged joints.

Top Medications for Psoriatic arthritis according to our users

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  • Cimzia
    Prescription only

    Cimzia (certolizumab) effectively calms down your immune system, but you have to be comfortable receiving injections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Enbrel
    Prescription only

    Enbrel (etanercept) effectively calms down your immune system, but it puts you at risk of serious infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Humira
    Prescription only

    Humira (adalimumab) is good for treating many autoimmune conditions, but it can also cause serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Simponi
    Prescription only

    Simponi (golimumab) effectively calms down your immune system, but it is given as a shot and puts you at risk of serious infections like tuberculosis or hepatitis B.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Stelara
    Prescription only

    Stelara (Ustekinumab) works for two psoriatic conditions. It may be somewhat of a hassle because of the injection, but after the first two doses, you only need to take it every 12 weeks.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection

Medication side effects for Psoriatic arthritis

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Psoriatic arthritis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Warm to hot water pool to soak, stretch and exercise in.
  • Biologics are the only thing to save your joints
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Slow down, you have an incurable disease to live with for the rest of your life, pace yourself!
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Dead sea salt baths help the psoriasis, as well as witch hazel/glycerin 50/50% sprayed on psoriasis daily