Psoriatic Arthritis

About 30 percent of people who have psoriasis also will develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.

When you have psoriatic arthritis, part of your immune system is overactive and creates inflammation in the joints and tendons. Genes and environmental factors are both thought to play a role in the onset of PsA.

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Your best strategy against PsA is to recognize, diagnose and treat the disease early on. This could help to relieve pain and inflammation, while slowing – or stopping – progressive joint damage. Learn more about psoriatic arthritis »

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If you have PsA, treatment is key in relieving pain, reducing swelling and in preventing joint damage. Learn more about psoriatic arthritis treatments »

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Those living with psoriatic arthritis are at a higher risk of developing other conditions (comorbidities) including diabetes, heart disease and depression. Learn more about what the research says about the link between PsA and comorbidities »

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Women with psoriatic arthritis, especially those planning to become pregnant orbreastfeeding, need to take extra considerations when treating their disease. Learn more about women and psoriatic arthritis »

Link to Life with Psoriatic ArthritisLife with Psoriatic Arthritis

Even with PsA, you can continue to have a full and active life. Learn helpful tips and coping strategies for some of the most common lifestyle concerns if you have psoriatic arthritis. 


Learn more with NPF's free PsA e-booklet

Get info on treatment options and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, along with a flare tracker to help monitor your disease and understand your unique triggers. Request your free PsA kit today.


Last updated by the National Psoriasis Foundation