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.
Diagnosis and Tests
- Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis (National Psoriasis Foundation)
Treatments and Therapies
- Systemic Medications for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Including Biologics (National Psoriasis Foundation) - PDF
- Treating Psoriatic Arthritis (National Psoriasis Foundation)
- Classification of Psoriatic Arthritis (National Psoriasis Foundation)
- Genetics Home Reference: psoriatic arthritis (National Library of Medicine)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Arthritis, Psoriatic (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Immune System Involvement (National Psoriasis Foundation)
Find an Expert
- Arthritis Foundation: Local Office Directory (Arthritis Foundation)
- Find a Dermatologist (American Academy of Dermatology)
- Find a Rheumatologist (American College of Rheumatology)
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Also in Spanish
- Women and Psoriatic Disease (National Psoriasis Foundation)