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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


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Is metheotxate injection 1ml weekly safe for long term use in psoriatic arthritis?

Is metheotxate injection 1ml weekly safe for long term use in psoriatic arthritis?

Yes: Methotrexate is generally well tolerated even at your dose of 25 mg weekly. Your doctor will order prriodic lab tests to screen for any med toxicities. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis & prescribed enbrel. How effective, in the long term, are these injections? Any downsides? Thank you!

Recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis & prescribed enbrel.  How effective, in the long term, are these injections?  Any downsides?  Thank you!

Extremely effective: Tnf agents are extremely effective in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. It is surprising that the side effects were not reviewed with you prior to starting the med. The major risk is infection with other possible side effects being reduced blood counts, liver inflammation, neurologic disorders and a possible increased risk of lymphoma. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

Bad choice.: Steroids taken for long periods always have side effects. Also, they will invariable flare psoriasis upon withdrawal. There are many remitting agents, including sulfasalazine, methotreate, and tnf-alpha inhibitors. ...Read more

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What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

Treat psoriasis: Treating the psoriasis usually will help the inflammatory portion of the psoriatic arthritis. If you are still having trouble with the arthritis, there are many options for medicines that can decrease your body's inflammatory response which then will give you relief. See your doctor, and if you aren't getting adequate relief, consider a rheumatology consult. ...Read more

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How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

Yes: Multiple meds. Check with rheumatologist what is appropriate. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. What should I do?

I have psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. What should I do?

Rheumatologist: There are many effective treatments, dependent upon extent of disease. Rheumatologist and dermatologist collaboration would be very helpful. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat psoriatic arthritis?

What can I do to treat psoriatic arthritis?

See your doctor.: A rheumatology referral may be necessary, but a nsaid, with sulfasalazine and Methotrexate given once weekly are my first treatments. The biologics work (enbrel, humira, remicade) work, but are quite expensive, not generic, require prior authorization, and almost always require prior Methotrexate therapy. Leflunomide, azothioprine, and Cyclosporine are options, given by someone in rheumatology! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get psoriatic arthritis young?

Yes: It is more typical for psoriatic arthritis to start when you are young. Usually, around 30, but you can get it at any age. ...Read more

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Psoriatic Arthritis (Definition)

An inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis. The arthritis can affect a few joints (oligoarticular), many joints (polyarticular), tips of fingers (dip only), the spine (spondylitis) or a severe deforming of hands (arthritis mutilans). Arthritis severity does not ...Read more


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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more


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