Knowing the different psoriatic arthritis symptoms will help you properly and immediately address them.
In this article:
- Pain and Discomfort
- Inflammation of the Joints
- Stiffness and Reduced Range of Motion
- Skin Discoloration and Skin Patches
- Changes in the Nails
6 Most Common Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms
1. Pain and Discomfort
“Psoriatic arthritis” or “psoriasis arthritis” is a form of arthritis affecting the joints of the neck, back, hands, and feet. The severity differs from one person to another. Affectation may involve the nearest surrounding parts. This feeling of discomfort or pain may be described as asymmetrical and radiating — affectation is one-sided and/or radiates to the surrounding body parts.
2. Inflammation of the Joints
The next most common among all psoriatic arthritis symptoms is the inflammation of the joints. The usual manifestations are swollen toes and the so-called “sausage fingers.”
Inflammation happens when the swelling is confined in a single joint and consumes the entire length of the fingers or toes. If it is left without treatment, it may eventually lead to deformities.
3. Stiffness and Reduced Range of Motion
Stiffness of the joints may happen with or without the feeling of pain. This symptom causes inflexibility of the affected area, which then results in a reduced range of motion, especially in the morning.
The stiffness may also occur for a shorter or longer period of time, from 45 minutes to a whole day. It may also recur anytime throughout the day, subsiding for a while and then flaring up again.
4. Skin Discoloration and Skin Patches
Dry, scaly, and red skin patches or rashes caused by psoriatic arthritis can be mild or severe. Discoloration can happen, not only in the skin or the swollen area but on the nails as well.
5. Changes in the Nails
Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include changes in the color of the nails and a symptom called “pitting.” The latter refers to the depression of the nails on the fingers or toes. The nails detach from the nail bed which can sometimes lead to infection.
Worst cases often involve the nails falling off. The effect on the nails is are usually specific to people with psoriatic arthritis which somehow makes it a defining symptom for the condition.
Fatigue is a general occurrence in all types of inflammatory arthritis. This is due to small proteins called cytokines. As with the other symptoms, the severity also differs from one person to another. It may range from hampering simple daily activities to physical immobility. Consequences of fatigue may include social and emotional complications.
To know more about psoriatic arthritis symptoms, watch this video from John Hopkins Rheumatology:
In joint problems such as psoriatic arthritis, early assessment and diagnosis of symptoms is better than trying to treat it later. Seek immediate medical assistance while the symptoms are still manageable. Strictly follow the prescribed medication and treatment plan. Having a healthy diet and lifestyle is of utmost importance.
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