Psoriatic arthritis is a type of Arthritis that develops insome people withthe skin condition psoriasis . It typically causes affectedjoints to become inflamed (swollen), stiff and painful.

Likepsoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is a long-term condition that can get progressively worse. In severe cases, there's a risk of the joints becoming permanently damaged or deformed, which may require surgical treatment.

However, with an early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, it's possible to slow down the progression of the condition and minimise or prevent permanent damage to the joints.

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When to seek medical advice




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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 22 Nov 2016