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Mayo Clinic

The sooner psoriatic arthritis treatment starts, the better

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and am confused about all of the treatment options. What do you recommend for your patients?

ANSWER: Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that develops in some people who have psoriasis -- a chronic skin condition characterized by thickened, reddish patches of skin that are often flecked with dry, white scales. It can cause painful, swollen joints -- similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Any joint can be affected, and the pain can range from mild to severe. In both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, you may find that symptoms flare up, recede and then flare up again.

People with psoriatic arthritis often feel...