About 15 percent of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. This type of arthritis is a form of psoriasis that affects the joints.

Like psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease , in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. In psoriatic arthritis, the immune system targets the joints, leading to inflammation and pain.

Risk factors for psoriatic arthritis

Although the exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown, some risk factors can include the following health conditions:

  • People with psoriasis , especially those involving the nails, are more likely to have psoriatic arthritis .
  • Heredity : Forty percent of people with psoriatic arthritis have a parent or brother who also has it.
  • Infection : Psoriatic arthritis can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection that puts the immune system on alert.
  • Age : Being between 30 and 50 years of age implies being in an age group with a higher risk of suffering from this health problem.

In some cases, however, psoriatic arthritis will start in childhood.

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that has periods of remission and flare-ups that get worse over time.

The main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis

  • The joints feel sore, swollen, and hot to the touch.
  • Fingers and toes become swollen, a condition called dactylitis
  • Foot pain, especially a condition called enthesitis, in which you will have pain in the tendons and ligaments that attach to the bones, especially in the heel or sole of the foot
  • Pain in the neck, lower back, and that may be felt more intensely when flexing

How to diagnose psoriatic arthritis

  1. At the appointment, your doctor will examine your sore and swollen joints and check the soles of your feet for any swelling or tenderness in the area.
  2. The doctor may order an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to check for joint damage.
  3. Also, your doctor may order some additional tests to evaluate rheumatoid arthritis , osteoarthritis, gout , or other conditions.

Complications of psoriatic arthritis:

The most common side effects of psoriatic arthritis are anemia , fatigue, and depression.
You can also experience high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or weight control problems.
A more serious complication is arthritis mutilans , a condition that attacks the tiny bones in the fingers and hands and can cause permanent disability.
Fortunately, only a small percentage of people with psoriatic arthritis develop arthritis mutilantes.

How to treat psoriatic arthritis

Recommendations to alleviate symptoms and prevent them from becoming worse as a result of a poor diet.

Change in diet

One of the main recommendations that we must take into account if we suffer from any type of autoimmune disease, is an immediate change in diet that is adjusted to our needs, and that is oriented towards our own benefits. For this reason, it must be personalized, to avoid that intolerance to certain foods does not end up worsening the situation. Try, in the first instance, to eliminate gluten from your diet, since this is a highly inflammatory protein, also legumes, all grains and cereals, rice, which although not all contain gluten, they do contain a protein similar to that of the system. immune mistakes them for gluten.

Also avoid vegetables from the nightshade family, as each of these foods contains components that have been proven to be inflammatory, and you don’t want to further compromise your system by adding more inflammation to your body. Solanaceae, however, you can avoid while rebalancing your system, you could incorporate them again when your inflammation has dropped to more stable levels.

It removes dairy, refined flours, sodas, all processed food that contains toxic ingredients from the food industry , such as chemical preservatives among others. Try to eat raw vegetable foods at 60% or more, such as salads, fruits, etc., and try to make good food combinations , since bad combinations bring inflammation. Always buy organic food and disinfect it very well. Drink a lot of water or the necessary, that is pure, filtered, and if it is possible alone, staying well hydrated is essential for the joints.

Avoid stress

It is vitally important to avoid stress , which is one of the main causes of inflammation that later translates into and affects the inflammation of the joints. The stress hormone, cortisol , at high levels is one of the strongest catalysts that trigger autoimmune diseases. Try to make a daily routine different from the usual one that breaks with your daily work activities. Try creative therapies such as crafts , knitting; You can also go for a walk, dance, and make a life more joyful and blur the attitudes that reinforce pain.

Detoxify the gut

The cleaning of the colon is another factor to consider when psoriatic arthritis suffers , or rheumatoid arthritis , itself, any of the autoimmune diseases as one of the main causes of this condition comes from an intoxicated intestine. Try cleaning your intestine of parasites and bacteria, stop eating foods that feed that harmful intestinal flora, such as dairy, flour, sugar, alcohol, etc., and add probiotics to your diet.

Always go with a specialist when trying to make changes to improve your health. These types of diseases are the type that you have to have counseling to better carry out your recovery. Look for functional or comprehensive doctors for this type of disease, who are open to alternative topics to halopathic medicine that treats these diseases only with traditional medicine.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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