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Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis connected to the skin condition psoriasis. If the body produces too many skin cells, as in the case of psoriasis, red patches with silvery scales appear on joints like the elbows and knees. Some people develop psoriatic arthritis after receiving a psoriasis diagnosis, but joint problems can emerge before any skin patches are evident. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis overlap with those of many other conditions, which makes diagnosis difficult. There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and preventing further joint damage.

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1. Severity of Symptoms

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that worsens over time, but the symptoms often fluctuate, and everyone experiences them differently. Some people have mild symptoms, while for others, it becomes debilitating. People with psoriatic arthritis experience periods of increased activity, "flares," that alternate with periods of remission.

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