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In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about psoriatic arthritis. Read on to find answers to some of your questions, as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a form of arthritis that may develop in people who have psoriasis. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition characterised by the rapid overproduction of skin cells. In psoriasis, as underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die they result in lesions called plaques that are red and often covered with loose, silver-coloured scales. These lesions may be itchy and painful and they sometimes crack and bleed. PsA is characterised by psoriasis and inflammation of joints, which results in pain, swelling and stiffness. Inflammation leading to pain and swelling of the areas where tendons and ligaments insert into bone (called entheses) can also occur. PsA-related inflammation can affect various parts of your body, including your fingers, toes and back and can range from relatively mild to severe. PsA symptoms may come and go and you may experience flares when your symptoms are worse than usual.
There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, so treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and slowing joint damage. Without treatment, the chronic inflammation of psoriatic arthritis can cause progressive damage to joints, leading to disability.
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