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Psoriatic Arthritis: 9 Risk Factors

Health.com   Amanda Gardner   First Posted: 09/24/11 11:52 AM ET   Updated: 09/27/11 03:50 PM ET

Psoriatic arthritis can't be prevented or cured, but it can be treated. It's not easy to predict who will get this painful joint condition, but if you're at risk, it makes sense to watch for early symptoms such as swollen and painful fingers and toes.

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms can be mild or severe, depending on the individual, but either way, getting treatment sooner rather than later can help you avoid permanent joint damage.

Here are some reasons you may be at higher risk of psoriatic arthritis:

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Having the skin condition psoriasis is the biggest risk factor for developing psoriatic arthritis. Both are autoimmune disorders caused by an immune attack on the body.

Between 5 percent and 10 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, so watch for joint trouble if you have the skin condition. In rare cases, some people develop psoriatic arthritis before psoriasis (or before it's obvious), says Guy Fiocco, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Bryan.

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