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Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a disease where joints around the body become painful, inflamed and sore. People who have PsA also have (or will develop) the skin condition psoriasis. Stiffness of the joints can also lead to reduced mobility.
There is much you can do to manage your symptoms.
The exact cause of PsA is unknown. In most cases the arthritis develops after the appearance of psoriasis. Many people will find that their joints are stiff first thing in the morning or after resting.
PsA can be difficult to diagnose because you may have similar symptoms to people with other forms of arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis can affect most joints. You may have:
constant tiredness and the need to rest
Your doctor might prescribe you:
Ointments are the main form of skin treatments, but you may also need tablet treatment and light therapy (shining ultraviolet light on your skin).
There are several ways in which you can manage your condition:
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