Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis: What’s the Scoop?

Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells causing them to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. This results in scaly red patches that can be itchy and painful. Approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from this skin condition that usually affects areas like the elbows, knees, scalp, and face.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, up to 30% of people with psoriasis go on to develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory form of arthritis that causes joint pain and stiffness, swelling, fatigue, and even changes to nails.

PsA usually affects the joints in your legs, fingers, and toes, although other joints can be affected as well. While a psoriasis diagnosis usually comes first, that’s not always the case, and the severity of your psoriasis doesn’t indicate how PsA will affect you.

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, and last year the National Psoriasis Foundation aimed to change ‘awareness’ into ‘action’ by promoting not just awareness, but the importance of taking action by promoting Psoriasis Action Month.

If you’re living with psoriatic disease and you’re ready to take control, research studies could be an option! Studies for those diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis are enrolling now. Those that qualify have access to potential new PsA treatments and are cared for by board-certified physicians. Qualified participants may also be compensated for time and travel expenses. Learn more about this new research opportunity by clicking HERE.