Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

The goal of treating Psoriatic Arthritis is to delay the irreversible damage to the joints and improve the ability to do daily activities.1

Dermatologists clearly play a very important role in the early detection of Psoriatic Arthritis. Dermatologists may consult or refer to a Rheumatologist (a doctor who specialises in the treatment of rheumatic diseases like arthritis or autoimmune diseases) for treatment.2,3

Guidelines to treat Psoriatic Arthritis recommend approaches that are individualised.
The goal of treating Psoriatic Arthritis is to improve skin symptoms and reduce joint inflammation. It is important that you partner with your doctor to select the treatment best suited for your needs.4

Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis

Although there is not yet a cure, there are many ways to treat and manage psoriatic disease. Over the past 20 years, new treatments have been approved for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Today there are more effective ways to manage psoriatic disease than ever before – and the results can be life-changing.5

In addition to lifestyle changes including exercise and healthy eating, your typical treatment plan may include one or more of the following:4,6

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biologics
treatment
Regular follow-up with the Dermatologist, continued treatment and appropriate lifestyle changes can help you live well with Psoriatic Arthritis. If you are currently diagnosed with or have a family history of Psoriasis, take the PEST test annually to assess your risk of developing Psoriatic Arthritis.7

Know the risk, take the test.
Talk to a Dermatologist about Psoriatic Arthritis.

References

  1. Haroon M, et al. Ann Rheum Dis 2014;0:1–6. DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204858.
  2. Rodriguez T. How Dermatologists Can Help Address Gaps in the Diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis. Available [Online] at: https://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com/home/topics/spondyloarthritis/how-dermatologists-can-help-address-gaps-in-the-diagnosis-of-psoriatic-arthritis/ Accessed on 3 July 2020.
  3. Medicine.net. Medical Definition of Rheumatologist. Available [Online] at: https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11968 Accessed on 3 July 2020.
  4. Healthline. Everything You Need to Know About Psoriatic Arthritis. Available [Online] at: https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriatic-arthritis Accessed on 2 July 2020.
  5. Psoriatic Disease An Overview of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. National Psoriasis Foundation – Patient Navigation Centre. Updated February 2021.
  6. Kavanaugh A, et al. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Mar;69(3):347-355.
  7. Psoriasis Epidemiology Screening Tool (PEST). Available [online] at URL: http://www.bad.org.uk/shared/get-file.ashx?id=1655&itemtype=document Accessed on March 18, 2020.