Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriasis is a very common skin condition. The cause is unknown. However, like rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, there is an imbalance of cytokines which are molecules produced in the skin, as well as in the joints. Patients will often develop whitish, itchy patches and plaques.
These are often found in the scalp, behind the ears and on extremities such as the elbows and knees. Many suffer the embarrassment of the ‘Heartbreak of Psoriasis’.
When the rash affects so many extremities. Many patients with psoriasis will develop a painful inflammatory arthritis. This can cause significant swelling and stiffness of joints.
Good News ! With careful examination and evaluation, psoriatic arthritis can be diagnosed and effectively treated.
For those patients with more moderate and severe arthritis we use some of the same treatments that are used in rheumatoid arthritis. See the below pictures of psoriasis and medical therapies. Some medications include: Cimzia, Cosentyx, Enbrel, Humira, Otezla and Simponi , Talz and Xeljanz.