PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

Psoriatic Arthritis causes pain and swelling in some joints and scaly skin patches on some areas of the body. It is related to the skin condition psoriasis.

About 95% of those with psoriatic arthritis have swelling in joints outside the spine, and more than 80% of people with psoriatic arthritis have nail lesions. The course of psoriatic arthritis varies, with most doing reasonably well.

Symptoms include:

  • Silver or grey scaly spots on the scalp, elbows, knees and/or lower end of the spine.
  • Pitting of fingernails/toenails.
  • Pain and swelling in one or more joints,
  • Swelling of fingers/toes that gives them a "sausage" appearance.

Source: Arthritis Foundation ®