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Let’s Talk About Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment

If there’s a positive spin on being diagnosed with this painful disease, it’s that your options for getting better are growing by the day.

    Our Pro PanelPsoriatic Arthritis Treatments

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in PsA to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Nilanjana Bose, M.D.

    Nilanjana Bose, M.D.Rheumatologist

    Rheumatology Center of Houston
    Houston, TX
    Iris Navarro-Millan, M.D.

    Iris Navarro-Millan, M.D.Rheumatologist and an NIH-funded RA clinical researcher

    Hospital for Special Surgery
    New York, NY
    Janelle Laughlin, M.D.

    Janelle Laughlin, M.D.Rheumatologist

    University of Colorado Health Longmont Clinic
    Longmont, CO

    Frequently Asked QuestionsPsA Treatment

    What is a rheumatologist?

    That’s a doctor who is specially trained in diagnosing and treating PsA and other “rheumatic diseases” (musculoskeletal diseases and systemic autoimmune disorders). To see one, you may need a referral, either from your primary care doc or another physician.

    Can I stop my medication if my symptoms subside?

    Nope, sorry. PsA is not yet curable. If you are taking medication and your symptoms improve, do not stop taking your medications without talking to your doctor. Discontinuing your medications could cause your symptoms to return and even get worse.

    How long before I see treatment results?

    PsA treatment varies as does the time it takes to see results. For example, you may get immediate relief from a cortisone injection, but it may take months for a biologic medication to work effectively.

    Can children get PsA?

    Actually, yes. Kids can get this disease, and when they do, it’s referred to as pediatric psoriatic arthritis. If your child shows symptoms, seek treatment as soon as possible. The approach will be similar for that of adults with PsA.

    Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

    Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

    @drinksmoothies

    Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.