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How is psoriatic arthritis treated?

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Treatment for psoriatic arthritis consists of twice daily moist heat or cold applications, exercises, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If there is little improvement or if there are permanent changes visible on an X-ray, then a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) or a biologic drug will be added to help prevent long-term joint damage. Enzyme inhibitors such as apremilast (Otezla) can also be prescribed to block proteins that cause the inflammation.

From: Psoriatic Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders: "Roundtable Discussion on Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders: "Roundtable Discussion on Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 30, 2019

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