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Is it possible for someone to have psoriatic arthritis without ever having the skin condition? Specially if a parent has psoriasis?

Yes. Psoriatic arthritis can begin before a patient has psoriasis. In that case the diagnosis is made on clinical findings, and radiographs. Blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis are typically negative, but labs may show evidence of inflammation. Read more...
Yes. It is possible to have psoriatic arthritis without skin lesions, but sometimes careful searching of the scalp or other areas make pick up a patch. It, s also true that not all patients with psoriasis get arthritis. Family history is important. Read more...

Can a skin biopsy showing psoriasisiform dermitis confirm a suspected case of psoriatic arthritis?

Yes, but... The arthritis must still match the distribution and other characteristic of psoriatic arthritis. A patient with classic rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, alkaptonuria, lyme disease etc., etc. Might have psoriasis or one of its kindred on the skin as a coincidence. Read more...
Not for sure. The doctor might choose to perform a skin biopsy in order to rule out other possible skin conditions, sexually transmitted diseases, or infections. With a skin biopsy, the doctor may order a series of lab tests to determine whether certain bacteria, viruses, or fungi are present. Read more...

Are liver biopsies for people with psoriatic arthritis extremely painful?

Psorisis. Presumably the liver biopsy is being done prior to the use of a medication such as methotrexate. Liver biopsy should not be painful for anyone but can be. A local anesthetic is used to "numb" the area. In some instances the medication may not be completely effective or discomfort may be experienced after the procedure when the effect of the anesthetic has "worn off.". Read more...

Is there medication for someone to live in a more humid area with psoriatic arthritis?

Moderate humidity? Moderate humidity is good. High humidity and arid (dry) air is bad for psoriasis. Significant humidity can lead to excessive perspiration, with bacterial and dungal growth in areas prone to psoriasis and worsen the skin disease. Zinc oxide 5% found in gold bond extra-strength can help with skin disease. Otherwise, the medication for psa for joint disease can be increased. Read more...

Is it possible for an 18 yrs old guy to get psoriatic arthritis?

Yes. There is no specific time point when a disease will present. Age guides are not set in stone and are simply a gauge based on clinical studies. A disease can occur at any time in a persons life, some just have more common ages at presentation. Read more...