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How does heat and cold therapy help ease psoriatic arthritis?

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Ice reduces swelling, and heat can increase the blood flow through an inflamed area. You might need a little practice to see what feels best for you.

SOURCES:

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Epidemiology of psoriatic arthritis in the population of the United States”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, The Eular Jounal: “Obesity is associated with a lower probability of achieving sustained minimal disease activity state among patients with psoriatic arthritis”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Overweight and Obesity Affect Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Diet and Nutrition.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Anti-Inflammatory Diet."

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Living With Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Stress and psoriatic disease,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Epidemiology of psoriatic arthritis in the population of the United States”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, The Eular Jounal: “Obesity is associated with a lower probability of achieving sustained minimal disease activity state among patients with psoriatic arthritis”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Overweight and Obesity Affect Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Diet and Nutrition.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Anti-Inflammatory Diet."

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Living With Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Stress and psoriatic disease,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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