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Posted by
 Dr Batra’s™  July 7, 2020

What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis—a condition that features red patches of skin topped with silvery scales.

Psoriatic arthritis occurs when your body’s immune system begins to attack healthy cells and tissues. The abnormal immune response causes inflammation in your joints as well as leads to overproduction of skin cells.

Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Many people also experience morning stiffness.

Psoriatic arthritis typically affects large joints especially those of the lower extremities and distal joints of fingers and toes. It can also affect the back and sacroiliac joints of the pelvis.

Risk Factor For Developing Psoriatic Arthritis

Having psoriasis is the greatest risk factor for developing psoriatic arthritis.

Will Every Patient Of Psoriasis Suffer From Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis typically occurs in people with skin psoriasis but it can occur in people without skin psoriasis as well.

Not everyone who has psoriasis will get psoriatic arthritis, even though the conditions are often related. Psoriasis causes patches of scaly, red or white skin called plaques. Psoriatic arthritis sets off joint swelling and pain that can lead to permanent damage. The immune system is responsible for both.

When you hear psoriasis you might think of a skin disease that causes itchy, scaly rashes and crumbling nails. Psoriasis primary affects skin but 30% people with psoriasis also develop a form of inflammatory arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease, meaning it occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, in this case the joints and skin. The faulty immune system response causes inflammation and can affect the entire body leading to permanent joint and tissue damage if it is not treated early and aggressively.

Tips To Manage Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Take a warm bath.
  • Wear clothing which is soft and breathable such as cotton.
  • Carry thermal gloves with you.  It will protect joints from cold and damp conditions.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Moisturize your skin regularly.

Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms can be controlled by proper treatment to prevent further damage. Without treatment psoriatic arthritis can become disabling.

Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to relieve pain and inflammation. The treatment can help stop the disease progression, lessen pain, protect joints and enhance the movement of joints. If not treated, psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent damage to the joints.

Homeopathy For Psoriatic Arthritis

Homoeopathic treatment works very efficiently for people suffering from psoriatic arthritis. Arthritis treatment in homeopathy uses natural remedies which are safe and free from side-effects. These homoeopathic remedies help control pain, stiffness and swelling by focusing on underlying root cause of the problem. Constitutional homoeopathic remedies offer individuals long-term relief and also eliminate the risk of recurrence.

Below are some common medicines suited for these symptoms:

Kali carbonicum

The patient requiring kali carb may be suffering from back pain along with tremendous weakness. The patient may be sensitive to cold. There is considerable increase in pain and stiffness in winters. The associated features will be anxiety and a sense of responsibility towards loved ones.

Rhus tox

Complaints are more from getting wet or from exposure to excess cold. Patient may experience severe burning in the affected part. The stiffness of back is associated with restlessness.

Natrum mur

It is usually used for patients who are reserved, less communicative about personal matters, less social and who find it difficult to express. Patients can be emotional and sensitive.


It is used to treat unhealthy skin where the joints have been affected. It can be useful in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and so on.