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Let your healthcare professional know how joint and other symptoms impact you.

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a form of arthritis that affects some people with psoriasis.1

PsA causes inflammation and pain in areas such as the joints, tendons and nails. People with psoriatic arthritis often have other difficulties too – it can contribute to fatigue, mental health problems and other physical health conditions.2,3

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Don’t suffer in silence if you experience symptoms of painful, stiff or swollen joints, painful tendons, or swollen fingers or toes.4

Learn more in the leaflet

Psoriatic arthritis: what is it and what can I do about it?

Infographic depicting around 1/3 of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis

Christine Bundy - Professor of Behavioural Medicine

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Psoriatic arthritis affects more than just the joints

People with PsA are more likely to experience a range of other physical and mental health conditions.
These might occur due to the inflammation, or the effect PsA symptoms can have on the way you feel:

People with PsA may be more likely to develop diabetes, which can in turn increase the risk of heart disease and other symptoms, like fatigue22,10,11

There may be a higher chance of cardiovascular disease and events, ranging from high blood pressure (hypertension) to more severe forms (like heart attack, heart failure or stroke)2

The eyes can become inflamed (uveitis), causing pain, red eyes or blurred vision. It can be treated, but it’s important to seek help as soon as possible to avoid long-term damage.2

The chances of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis) may be higher. They can cause weight loss, abdominal discomfort and diarrhoea12

PsA can understandably lead to stress, depression, anxiety and sleep problems. This can impair quality of life, increase how painful things feel and contribute to low energy levels2,13

Fatigue – a sustained, overwhelming sense of exhaustion which interferes with daily life - is associated with PsA and psoriasis, but is often more severe in people with PsA3,14

Other sources of advice and support:

The Psoriasis Association: www.psoriasis- association.org.uk

Versus Arthritis: www.versusarthritis.org

British Association of Dermatologists: www.skinhealthinfo.org.uk

1. Sankowski AJ, et al. Pol J Radiol 2013;78(1):7–17.

2. Ogdie, A, et al. Curr Opin Rheumatol 2015;27(2):118–126.

3. Husted JA et al. BMJ. 2009;68:1553–1558.

4. PAPAA.org. What is psoriatic arthritis? (n.d.) Available from: https://www.papaa.org/learn-about-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis/just-diagnosed/what-is-psoriatic-arthritis/ Accessed August 2021.

5. National Psoriasis Foundation: About psoriatic arthritis. Available at https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriatic-arthritis/. Accessed August 2021.

6. Eder L, et al. Arthritis Rheumatol 2016;68:915–923.

7. Gladman DD, et al. Ann Rheum Dis 2005;64(Suppl II):ii14–ii17.

8. Ogdie A, et al. Rheum Dis Clin North Am 2015;41:545–568.

9. Pittam B et al. Rheumatology. 2020;59(9):2199–2206.

10. Chiha M et al. International Journal of Hypertension. 2012;2012:697240.

11. Fritschi C, Quinn L. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2010;69(1):33-41.

12. Fu Y et al. JAMA dermatology. 2018;154(12):1417-1423.

13. Husni ME et al. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 2017;47(3):351-360.

14. Krajewska-Włodarczyk M et al. Reumatologia. 2017;55(3):125