ZocdocAnswersAre skin sores a symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

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Are skin sores a symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

Are there other symptoms other than stiff joints. Mine start stiff but go away after a while. My sores stay though.

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, which means that the body's immune system becomes revved up and causes symptoms in various places. There definitely is a type of arthritis, called psoriatic arthritis, that is associated with psoriasis. The arthritis associated with psoriasis is characterized by stiffness in the joints usually upon awakening in the morning that improves with movement after a few hours. If you have this type of joint pain, that is definitely very concerning for either psoriatic arthritis or another type of autoimmune arthritis. You should talk to your primary care doctor about this as there are treatments available. Most people with psoriasis will have skin findings. The typical psoriasis skin findings are red, raised itchy areas of various sizes that usually also have a whitish or silvery scale on top of them. It is more common to have skin findings without arthritis (in other words, psoriasis limited to the skin is more common than psoriatic arthritis, but the two can and do occur together). Another common finding in psoriasis is pitting and distortion of the finger nails or toe nails. The specialists that deal with psoriasis treatment include dermatologists (for the skin findings) and rheumatologists (for the joint findings).

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