Talk with Your Doctor About
Your primary care physician may be able to diagnose your condition. You may also want to see a specialist.
Rheumatologists and dermatologists
work specifically with rheumatic and skin conditions and can help you diagnose the problem and find the right treatment option for you.
Get a thorough examination
Make sure you get a thorough examination. Psoriatic arthritis differs from person to person. In order to diagnose your condition, your rheumatologist or dermatologist will take your medical history and conduct a physical examination, including a detailed examination of your skin (typically done by a dermatologist) and joints (typically done by a rheumatologist).
Get the right diagnosis for your condition
Psoriatic arthritis can be difficult to diagnose. Approximately 70% of patients with psoriatic arthritis develop skin symptoms first. About 15% of patients experience joint symptoms before skin symptoms, and about 15% of patients experience both at the same time. On average, joint symptoms develop about 10 years after the first signs of psoriatic skin symptoms. While many patients who have been diagnosed with plaque psoriasis don't develop psoriatic arthritis, approximately 30% of patients actually have psoriatic arthritis. It's important to talk to your doctor about all of your symptoms.
You play an important role in managing your psoriatic arthritis. It's a good idea for you to talk regularly with your rheumatologist or dermatologist about your condition. Asking questions about your psoriatic arthritis will help with your treatment plan. We have created a list of helpful questions to take with you to your doctor to discuss your psoriatic arthritis and the possible treatments.
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