Psoriatic Arthritis

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Quiz: Do You Understand Psoriatic Arthritis?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include warmth, swelling and pain in the joints. The skin is also affected with psoriasis, becoming red, scaly and inflamed. Psoriasis patches or plaques often appear on the scalp, elbows, lower back and knees, although it can appear on the scalp, fingernails or toenails.

Explanation:
Psoriasis can affect the fingernails and toenails.
2

With proper psoriatic arthritis treatment the joint damage can be reversed.

Explanation:
Once someone experiences joint damage from PsA, it can’t be reversed. Psoriatic arthritis can even destroy the joints if the disease isn’t properly treated or controlled.
3

Drugs made from living organisms or components of living organisms are a treatment for psoriatic arthritis.

Explanation:
Treatments for PsA are designed to prevent joint damage and control inflammation, and include disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologics (drugs made from living organisms or components of living organisms).
4

Heart disease is not linked to psoriatic arthritis.

Explanation:
You also need to control blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent heart disease. People with psoriatic arthritis have an increased frequency of myocardial infarction, heart attacks, strokes, and often have high cholesterol, hypertension and other conditions that go along with the metabolic syndrome.
5

Losing weight can help the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.

Explanation:
If you're overweight, it's important to manage your diet, weight, and exercise to limit reduce extra weight on your joints, which can decrease the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.