Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that can affect those who have psoriasis. However, in some cases, joint problems may precede any skin irritations that are an indicator of psoriasis. This condition cannot be cured, but several treatments can help alleviate the symptoms associated with psoriatic arthritis. It is essential that treatment begins as soon as possible, as that this condition can often become disabling if untreated.
Psoriasis plaques (hard, raised, red patches of severely dry skin) associated with psoriatic arthritis often take on a silver scaly appearance across the top surface of the skin. These scaly spots occur mostly on the elbows, knees, scalp and the tailbone. They can often be very painful. There are topical treatments that can assist with the pain and discomfort involved. These can be prescribed by a medical professional upon diagnosis. Also be careful of using moisturizing lotions with scents, as that this can even further inflame the skin.
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