Are you suffering from joint pain and swelling? A rheumatologist treats a broad spectrum of autoimmune diseases, one of the many being psoriatic arthritis. But what is psoriatic arthritis, and how can it be treated? Advanced Rheumatology of Houston discusses the disease and the symptoms you should look out for.

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

You’ve probably heard of psoriasis. You may have even been diagnosed with the skin condition that causes inflamed scaly patches of skin to grow on the body, commonly the scalp and face. Most people, however, have not heard of psoriatic arthritis. It is an inflammatory form of arthritis found in those diagnosed with psoriasis that causes pain and stiffness in one’s joints. It can be hard to identify, but a skilled rheumatologist can recognize it. If you haven’t been diagnosed with psoriasis, you could still develop arthritis before the skin condition presents.

How Do You Know If You Have Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis presents in many different ways. It shares symptoms with many other inflammatory diseases, so getting diagnosed by a rheumatologist is necessary for an accurate diagnosis. The most telltale sign of this form of arthritis is stiffness or pain in the joints. Swelling is also common, mostly in the hands and feet. You may notice tenderness in the swollen areas. Another symptom is plantar fasciitis. 

A lesser known symptom is eye inflammation and irritation. You can also experience chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal issues. If you recognize any of these symptoms, visit your nearest rheumatologist. Untreated psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent joint damage. The sooner you diagnose the disease and start receiving treatment, the better quality of life you will have.

How To Treat Psoriatic Arthritis

Most treatments focus on decreasing inflammation and minimizing symptoms. There are several medications that can be prescribed to treat this illness. You can view some of them here. In some cases, patients don’t need a prescription and can access over the counter medications to soothe symptoms. Autoimmune suppressants are needed in more severe cases.

About Advanced Rheumatology of Houston

Advanced Rheumatology of Houston is a practice run by Dr. Brionez. She has over 10 years of experience as a rheumatologist. If you suspect you are living with an autoimmune disease, such as psoriatic arthritis, you need to be diagnosed by an experienced doctor. Many autoimmune disorders share symptoms, and one can easily be diagnosed incorrectly if you aren’t working with a trained professional. A correct diagnosis can lead to helpful, effective treatments that can greatly improve your quality of life. You don’t have to suffer. There are options. Seek help today by contacting our office here. Let Doctor Brionez help you.