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    Most people with psoriasis get psoriatic arthritis.

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    Most people with psoriasis get psoriatic arthritis.

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    About a third of people with psoriasis (red, raised, scaly patches on the skin) get psoriatic arthritis. When you have psoriatic arthritis, your immune system attacks your joints. This kind of arthritis causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in your joints, usually in the fingers and toes. It can also affect your lower back, wrists, knees, or ankles.

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    You're more likely to have psoriatic arthritis if:

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    You're more likely to have psoriatic arthritis if:

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    Experts don't know all the reasons why some people get it and others don't, but psoriatic arthritis seems to run in families. Up to 40% of people with it have a family history of joint or skin disease. If you have a parent with psoriasis, you're more likely to get it and psoriatic arthritis.

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    A frozen bag of peas can help with psoriatic arthritis pain.

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    A frozen bag of peas can help with psoriatic arthritis pain.

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    You don't have to eat them! Wrap the frozen bag (or a bag of ice) in a towel and put it on your achy, swollen joints for some temporary relief. The icy cold curbs inflammation. A warm bath or shower, a hot pack, or a warm towel also can help with aching muscles, joint pain, and soreness.

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    Psoriatic arthritis often causes problems with this:

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    Psoriatic arthritis often causes problems with this:

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    Pitted, crumbly, or discolored nails are common with psoriatic arthritis. Sometimes, fingernails or toenails come away from the nail bed or the nails look like they have tiny holes in them. People who have a lot of joint pain and skin patches tend to have the most damage to their nails.

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    How many types of psoriatic arthritis are there?

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    How many types of psoriatic arthritis are there?

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    There are five kinds of psoriatic arthritis, which can look different in every person. If you have one of the mildest forms, arthritis may affect one to three joints on different sides of your body. Another type causes pain and swelling in the joints linking your spine to your pelvis. For some people, psoriatic arthritis can make their fingers or toes swell up like sausages. The fourth type affects the spine, and the last type, called arthritis mutilans, is the rarest and most severe.

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    Which usually comes first?

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    Which usually comes first?

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    Usually, people who get psoriatic arthritis already have psoriasis. If you have psoriasis, tell your doctor about any aches and pains. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can include stiffness, pain, throbbing, swelling and tenderness in joints, swollen fingers, and toes, and even redness and pain in the eye. Early treatment can limit damage to your joints.

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    What's the best exercise for psoriatic arthritis?

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    What's the best exercise for psoriatic arthritis?

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    It's good for you to be active if you have psoriatic arthritis. Regular exercise can help with pain and make it easier for you to move. Exercise helps protect your joints by making the muscles around them stronger. Choose exercises that are easy on the joints like cycling and swimming. If you're not active now, start slowly and get your doctor's OK. You can start with 5 minutes of slow walking and work your way up to 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.

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    There is a cure for psoriatic arthritis.

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    There is a cure for psoriatic arthritis.

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    The good news is that there are treatments for the pain, swelling, skin, and joint disease. That, plus exercise and a healthy lifestyle, make a big difference. Your doctor might suggest aspirin and ibuprofen or give you a prescription for drugs that curb inflammation or work on your immune system if your symptoms are more severe.

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