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Psoriatic Arthritis: Nonmedical Treatments

Diet Changes

Try to stay at a healthy weight. It may help ease your inflammation, joint pain, and fatigue. Psoriatic arthritis can make it more likely for you to get heart disease, so it’s important to eat a healthy, nutritious diet and stop smoking.

Some people claim that certain diets, such as eating only gluten-free foods, will ease inflammation. Your symptoms may get better if you follow these diets, but there's no proof they work.

Stress Busters

Stress can make your symptoms worse. Also, having a serious disease can make you feel tense or anxious. You may worry about medical bills or how to keep up with work.

Exercise like yoga or tai chi can help you ease tension. Meditation can help you feel calm and feel better about your life. Aromatherapy and spa therapy can also help you relax.

If you feel that your worries are a problem, talk to your doctor. You may be able to find a therapist who can help you find ways to handle your concerns.

Light vs. Tanning Beds

Some people treat skin rashes that can accompany psoriatic arthritis with ultraviolet light, also called phototherapy. This may be done in a doctor’s office, or you may use special lamps at home. The light helps clear up the scaly, red rashes. If you're doing light treatment at home, follow your doctor’s instructions and have regular check-ups.

Don’t use a tanning bed or try to sunbathe to treat your rash. You can cause serious skin damage, burn your skin, or raise your risk of skin cancer.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on June 16, 2014
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