When you have psoriasis, your body’s immune system revs up to battle the skin disease. But sometimes the cells that fight psoriasis turn on your joints instead. The resulting condition, called psoriatic arthritis diagnosis , causes for arthritis joint pain and redness, swelling, and trouble moving. Prompt treatment can prevent lasting joint damage.

1. Doctors are still investigating its mysteries:It’s still not clear why some people develop psoriatic arthritis diagnosis and others don’t. About 40 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis have a family history, which points to a genetic risk. Outside factors—including infections, injuries, and smoking—may also play a role. About 85 percent of people who develop psoriatic arthritis have skin psoriasis first.

2. Signs may develop slowly or quickly:As with most types of arthritis, joint pain is the most common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis diagnosis. Others include fatigue, low back pain, and changes in your nails. Your fingers and toes may feel hot or swell up. For some people, symptoms start slowly and worsen with time. Others feel sudden, severe pain.

3. Not everyone with psoriasis gets arthritis:Doctors estimate that less than half of people with psoriasis will develop associated joint pain. Symptoms typically appear between ages 30 and 50 and an average of 10 years after a psoriasis diagnosis. Men and women get the disease about equally, as do those with mild or severe skin disease.

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