Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that can often affect some patients who suffer from psoriasis. When this occurs, the psoriatic arthritis typically begins showing symptoms after the psoriasis has really set in. However, in some cases, joint problems may actually precede any skin irritations that are an indicator of psoriasis. This condition cannot be cured, but there are several treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms associated with psoriatic arthritis. It is extremely important that treatment begins as soon as possible, as that this condition can often become disabling if untreated. Let’s explore a few symptoms!
1. Silver Scaly Spots
When psoriasis plaques (hard, raised, red patches of severely dry skin) are associated with psoriatic arthritis, they can often take on a silver scaly appearance across the top surface of the patch of skin. These scaly spots occur mostly on the elbows, knees, scalp and the tailbone, and they can often be very painful. There are topical treatments that can assist with the pain and discomfort involved, and they can be prescribed by a medical professional upon diagnosis. Also be careful of using moisturizing lotions with scents, as that this can even further inflame the skin.