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Quiz: Are Your Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms Worsening?

Updated on January 03, 2023
Medically reviewed by
Kevin Berman, M.D., Ph.D.
Article written by
Alison Channon

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects approximately one-third of people with psoriasis. In general, PsA affects the joints and areas where ligaments and tendons connect to bones.

Common symptoms of PsA include:

  • Painful, tender, swollen joints
  • Swelling in fingers or toes (called dactylitis or sausage fingers)
  • Diminished range of motion in joints
  • Fatigue
  • Nail changes such as pitting or lifting from the nail bed

If you have psoriasis and notice any of the symptoms above, talk to your dermatologist, rheumatologist, or other health care provider right away. Early diagnosis can help reduce permanent joint damage and control disease progression. PsA can worsen over time, especially if it’s not properly treated. With the right treatment plan, it’s possible to achieve remission (when symptoms have reduced or disappeared). Newer medicines can not only help relieve the pain of PsA but also halt the progression of joint destruction.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with PsA, you may wonder if your condition is well-controlled. Take this five-question quiz to better understand if your PsA symptoms are worsening. This quiz is not a formal assessment tool and does not replace medical advice.

It’s important to tell your rheumatologist about any changing symptoms, even those that don’t seem directly related to PsA. Your doctor can help you understand if your condition is worsening and if it’s time to consider other treatment options.

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Are you worried that your PsA may be worsening? Have you discussed your concerns with your health care provider? Share your experience and tips in the comments below or by posting on your Activities page.

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    Kevin Berman, M.D., Ph.D. is a dermatologist at the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Learn more about him here.
    Alison Channon has nearly a decade of experience writing about chronic health conditions, mental health, and women's health. Learn more about her here.

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