Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammation that occurs in about 15% of patients with a skin rash called psoriasis – a condition that features red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. Most people develop psoriasis first and are later diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, but joint problems can sometimes begin before skin lesions appear. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms. They can affect any part of your body, including fingertips and spine, and can range from mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, disease flares may alternate with periods of remission.
Most importantly, because of inflammation, patients with Psoriatic Arthritis are at a greater risk for cancer and heart disease, including heart attack.