Psoriasis can be difficult to manage for those who have it, as well as arthritis and having to suffer from both at the same time can take a toll on anyone’s mental, emotional and of course physical health. Though there are medical treatments that help relieve pain, sometimes those treatments aren’t enough and can be pretty costly. Fortunately, there are other remedies to help relieve pain that won’t have you breaking the bank.
How Psoriatic Arthritis Affects You Daily
Living with psoriatic arthritis can cause a lot of stress on your mind and body. Psoriatic arthritis usually develops when a person is already diagnosed with psoriasis so its symptoms are both skin and arthritic symptoms.
These symptoms include stiffness, swelling and joint pain and can last for periods at a time. This can be disruptive to one’s daily life since there is no cure for this chronic disease.
Physically suffering from joint pain daily and swelling can stop someone from doing simple activities such as getting up and going to work, cooking dinner for themselves or family members because of its effect on the joints in your fingers, or being able to simply walk from one area of the room to the next. It also weakens your knees and your muscles.
Dealing with this disease can weigh on someone mentally as well. Having to live in constant pain during a flare-up can lead to depression and anxiety.
Why Inflammation is the Main Problem of Psoriatic Arthritis
As stated before, PsA (psoriatic arthritis) is the cause of both arthritis and psoriasis. PsA causes pain and swelling in your joints, which usually worsens as you age. Psoriasis and arthritis both cause inflammation and inflammation is the main trigger of flare-ups.
When inflammation starts in the body, it leads to the start of the symptoms from both medical issues. When this occurs, it causes scales to form on the body. These scales are usually a white-silverish color that occurs on thick red patches.
They usually develop in the joints, knees and muscles but can be visibly seen on a person’s hands, feet, scalp, neck and face. These physical patches can also be extremely painful due to