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Is psoriatic arthritis a type of inflammatory rheumatism?

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Yes. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory rheumatism or rheumatic disorder. These conditions include many different forms of arthritis that lead to painful, swollen joints. They can also affect bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Some can even involve your organs.

Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune condition often linked to the skin disease psoriasis. Most people may have skin symptoms before they get joint symptoms. Sometimes it affects the joints first. Some people never have skin symptoms. In addition to stiff, swollen, and painful joints, you might also have pain where tendons and ligaments attach, and swollen fingers and toes.

Doctors treat this condition with medicines to ease the pain and drugs to calm your immune system.

Experts say there are more than 200 rheumatic disorders, including:

Most of these conditions happen when your immune system goes awry and attacks your own tissues. Doctors aren’t sure what causes this. Sometimes it’s in your genes. Other times it’s a result of something in the world around you, like cigarette smoke, pollution, or something that causes an infection. Gender also plays a role -- rheumatic diseases seem to affect women more than men. Most rheumatic diseases affect adults, but children can get them too.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lyme disease
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Vasculitis

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Juvenile Arthritis.”

Eular.org: “10 things you should know about rheumatic diseases.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Infectious Arthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Harvard Health: “Chronic Lyme arthritis: A mystery solved?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Rheumatic diseases in America: the problem, the impact, and the answers,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Juvenile Arthritis,” “Spondyloarthritis,” “Gout,” “Lupus,” Fibromyalgia,” “Scleroderma,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” “Lyme Disease,” “Sjogren’s Syndrome,” “Vasculitis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

UpToDate: “Undifferentiated early inflammatory arthritis in adults.”

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on April 30, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Juvenile Arthritis.”

Eular.org: “10 things you should know about rheumatic diseases.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Infectious Arthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Fibromyalgia,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”

Harvard Health: “Chronic Lyme arthritis: A mystery solved?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Rheumatic diseases in America: the problem, the impact, and the answers,” “Osteoarthritis,” “Juvenile Arthritis,” “Spondyloarthritis,” “Gout,” “Lupus,” Fibromyalgia,” “Scleroderma,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” “Lyme Disease,” “Sjogren’s Syndrome,” “Vasculitis,” “What is a Rheumatologist?”

UpToDate: “Undifferentiated early inflammatory arthritis in adults.”

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on April 30, 2020

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