Essay On Psoriatic Arthritis

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Psoriatic arthritis treatment has the goal of reducing pain, decreasing swelling, helping keep joint mobility and preventing further joint damage. The decision on the type of treatment used is usually made by the doctor based on the type of psoriatic arthritis (PA), how severe the condition is and the individual's reaction to treatment.

With appropriate early diagnosis and psoriatic arthritis treatment something can be done to slow down the disease and try to preserve the health of the joints. Severe forms of the disease may be characterized by an early young age onset, multiple joints being affected and the spine also involved. Adequate management of the skin part of the disease may be helpful in overall management of arthritis. There are some psoriatic arthritis treatments able to treat both psoriasis and the arthritis component.

Mild PA is generally localized and will only be present in one to two joints. An individual may experience long time periods with no symptoms. This type of arthritis usually causes less deformity and long term disability.

The individuals who have three or more affected joints may have a greater chance of joint destruction and disability. If this is not relieved by the normal PA treatment of anti-inflammatory drugs, stronger medication may be needed.
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This is related to the strength of the medication and how long the user has been taking it. Some NSAIDs are referred to as COX-2 inhibitors and have been shown to result in less stomach problems than other types. They do cost a little more and are no more effective at treating the pain and inflammation, plus they have their own associated risks. If you think you could benefit talk to your doctor. Psoriatic arthritis treatment for more severe forms is usually handled by antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) which are wanting to slow or stop joint and tissue damage and overall disease

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