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Psoriatic Arthritis, The Early Signs & Treatment Options

Added February 16, 2019, Under: Arthritis, Skin Conditions

If you have been diagnosed with the skin condition known as psoriasis (where itchy and inflamed red patches of skin appear on small or large areas of the body), you have a ten to thirty percent chance of developing psoriatic arthritis.

PsA is more likely to affect men and women equally between the ages of twenty and fifty years of age.

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis occur when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues.

While it is not known exactly what causes the immune system to attack, some studies have linked PsA to genetics and environmental factors. If you have psoriasis, you’re at a greater risk for developing PsA, especially if you have psoriasis lesions on your nails.

What are the early signs?

It’s important to note that both PsA and psoriasis symptoms can worsen over time.  However, there can be times when symptoms become less – or even when the condition goes into remission.

The early signs of psoriatic arthritis:

  1. Pain and swelling in one or more of your joints.
  2. Pain in and around the feet and ankles.
  3. Inflamed joints that are warm or hot to touch.
  4. Pitted nails that may look like a fungal infection.
  5. Nail separation (nails that fall off, this can happen with or without pitting).
  6. Lower back pain.
  7. Eye irritation and inflammation.
  8. Extreme fatigue.

 

How to treat psoriatic arthritis?

Most people with PsA can lead productive lives with the help of both pharmaceutical and natural treatments.

Here are the pharmaceutical options:

  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) – These are anti-inflammatory drugs usually available over-the-counter and including ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen  – and other generic brands.
  • Traditional Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs – These are medications that can help to slow or stop the inflammatory process.
  • Corticosteroids – These are also called glucocorticoids or steroids administered usually by injections to help reduce inflammation in the body.

Unfortunately, pharmaceutical options often come with unwanted side effects.

Here are the natural solutions:

  • Massage therapyMassage therapists are specially trained to treat clients with PsA by helping to relieve joint discomfort and ease tense muscles.
  • Acupressure – This alternative treatment is where a practitioner puts pressure onto different parts of the body to help reduce pain and pressure.
  • Acupuncture – A technique where the practitioner inserts thin needles into specific pressure points on your body to relieve joint pain.
  • TurmericIncorporating turmeric into your diet or taking turmeric capsules can greatly decrease inflammation in the joints.
  • Ginger – Ginger is well-known for having anti-inflammatory properties.  You can easily incorporate ginger into your diet by drinking ginger tea.
  • Aloe Vera – The gel from the aloe plant can be used topically to provide relief from inflamed patches of psoriatic skin.
  • H-Psoriasis Formula and H-Arthritis Formula are safe and gentle to use in conjunction when you have psoriatic arthritis.
  • H-Psoriasis Formula has a deep penetrating action, is gentle on your skin without any irritation, itching, burning or scarring and is effective for most types of psoriasis including psoriatic arthritis, quickly relieving discomfort and stiffness.
  •  H-Arthritis Formula is a revolutionary natural product for the symptoms of arthritis, applied topically to relieve arthritis discomfort safely and gently.

 

 

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