We understand that you might be unsure on if you have Psoriatic Arthritis. Here is information on how to diagnose Psoriatic Arthritis. We hope that this information we have helps you with you Psoriatic Arthritis pain. General Information
An offshoot of Psoriasis is Psoriatic Arthritis. Connective tissue and joints get inflamed resulting in swelling and acute pain. Men are more prone to develop this condition as compared to women and the typical age group when this occurs the most is between 30 to 50 years. Environmental factors, genetics and immunity levels play a part in determining if an individual is prone to Psoriatic Arthritis or not.
Typical symptoms associated with Psoriatic Arthritis
Some of the common symptoms associated with Psoriatic Arthritis include pain and redness in the eye, resembling conjunctivitis. Changes in nail structure, resembling fungal infection or removal from nail bed as well as pitting are common symptoms. Tiredness and stiffness of movement in the morning are also common. Restriction of movements, finger and toe swelling, tenderness and pain in joints, fingers and toes are also common. An overall sense of fatigue is another symptom associated with Psoriatic Arthritis.
How to diagnose Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis shows up through a number of symptoms. Yet, diagnosis becomes difficult because of the similarity in symptom patterns. These symptoms tend to imitate those of joint swelling, tearing of cartilages and the cyclic tendencies of such a condition.
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regading my earlier question earlier about psoriasis does any one get it internally wot are the symptoms?
Findings on physical examination depend on the type of psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is characterized by raised inflamed lesions covered with a silvery white scale. The scale may be scraped away to reveal inflamed skin beneath. This is most common on the extensor surfaces of the knees, elbows, scalp, and trunk.
Guttate psoriasis presents as small red dots of psoriasis that usually appear on the trunk, arms, and legs; the lesions may have some scale. It frequently appears suddenly after an upper respiratory infection (URI).
Inverse psoriasis occurs on the flexural surfaces, armpit, groin, under the breast, and in the skin folds and is characterized by smooth, inflamed lesions without scaling.
Pustular psoriasis presents as sterile pustules appearing on the hands and feet or, at times, diffusely, and may cycle through erythema, pustules, and scaling.
Erythrodermic psoriasis presents as generalized erythema, pain, itching, and fine scaling.
Scalp psoriasis affects approximately 50% of patients, presenting as erythematous raised plaques with silvery white scales on the scalp.
Nail psoriasis may cause pits on the nails, which may develop yellowish color and become thickened. Nails may separate from the nail bed.
Psoriatic arthritis affects approximately 10% of those with skin symptoms. The arthritis is usually in the hands, feet, and, at times, in larger joints. It produces stiffness, pain, and progressive joint damage.
Oral psoriasis may present with whitish lesions on the oral mucosa, which may appear to change in severity from day to day. It may also present as severe cheilosis with extension onto the surrounding skin, crossing the vermillion border.
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I’m not exactly sure if thats what i have on my head, but i have all of the symptoms of psoriasis, so how serious is it, i read joint pains or arthritis can be caused from it, is that possible?! could my knee pay be involved with the scabs on my head? and how serious is all of this? should i tell my dad or can i just my the meds on my own? are there any home remedies for it?
Psoriasis is caused by your immune system. Normally the skin cells on your scalp are cast off and replaced about once a month, but with psoriasis, the affected skin spots can be reproducing about every week. The new skin cells are produced more rapidly than the old skin cells can be discarded, and it causes itchy, red bumps.
The bumps are itchy because histamines are being produced by your immune system to fight off the attack it thinks is happening on your skin. The area is red because the blood vessels expand and pump in more blood to sustain the increase in cell production.
Joint pain can be caused by psoriatic arthritis, which is caused when the immune system begins attacking and inflaming the cartilage between joints. It is possible for joint pain to begin before psoriasis becomes apparent on the skin, but it is rare. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to determine whether or not you have arthritis.
As for the psoriasis you have on your scalp, the best over-the-counter remedy is to buy a coal tar based shampoo. You can find them in almost any store in the Head n Shoulders section of the shampoo aisle. Neutrogena produces one called T-Gel, I believe. Coal tar retards cell formation, and will help with the itch.
If the itchy spots are particularly bad, you can buy a salicilic acid based shampoo to use before using the coal tar shampoo. Salicilic acid loosens and softens the skin if the spots become hardened. I think a company called Scalpacin makes a whole line of psoriasis products.
Psoriasis is not an end-of-the-world affair. About 10% of Americans have psoriasis. If the condition worsens though, you should see a dermatologist, as they can prescribe tougher medication.
Hope that helps.
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