How much do you know about psoriatic arthritis?

Allison Tsai | Aug 15, 2013

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If you have psoriasis, you will also have psoriatic arthritis.
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Though people with psoriasis are more prone to getting psoriatic arthritis, having psoriasis doesn’t automatically mean you will get psoriatic arthritis. About one in 20 people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000413.htm)

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  1. If you have psoriasis, you will also have psoriatic arthritis.

    Correct Answer: False

    Though people with psoriasis are more prone to getting psoriatic arthritis, having psoriasis doesn’t automatically mean you will get psoriatic arthritis. About one in 20 people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000413.htm)

  2. Psoriasis that affects the nails puts you at greater risk for psoriatic arthritis.

    Correct Answer: True

    Most people who develop psoriatic arthritis already have psoriasis, psoriasis that affects the nails or a blood relative with psoriatic arthritis. Some people have more than one of these factors. Source: [AAD](http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/psoriatic-arthritis/who-gets-causes)

  3. Psoriatic arthritis usually appears two to three years after developing psoriasis.

    Correct Answer: False

    It actually appears five to 12 years after psoriasis begins. Men and women develop it equally, and most people bet it between 30 and 50 years of age, however, it can begin at any age. Source: [AAD](http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/psoriatic-arthritis/who-gets-causes)

  4. Intense heel pain is a sign of psoriatic arthritis.

    Correct Answer: True

    Heel pain is a sign of psoriatic arthritis, as well as joint pain, swollen joints, stiffness, swelling on the back of the legs, lower back pain, noticeable finger and toe swelling, and nails that are pitted and separating from the nail bed. Source: [AAD](http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/psoriatic-arthritis/who-gets-causes)

  5. A blood test can diagnose psoriatic arthritis.

    Correct Answer: False

    A blood test can show if there is body-wide inflammation, which is a sign of psoriatic arthritis, but many other diseases also cause inflammation throughout the body. Source: [AAD](http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/psoriatic-arthritis/who-gets-causes)

  6. Psoriatic arthritis can look like other types of arthritis.

    Correct Answer: True

    Dermatologists and rheumatologists have the most experience with diagnosing psoriatic arthritis. If you are worried about showing signs or symptoms for the condition, make an appointment with a dermatologist or rheumatologist right away. Treatment can ease your symptoms and stop the arthritis from damaging your joints. Source: [AAD](http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/psoriatic-arthritis/who-gets-causes)