Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment

Written by Kimberly Clark
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A basic round of treatments used to treat psoriatic arthritis will generally address the pain, swelling, and potential damage to the patient's joints. The specific treatment will depend on the nature of the symptoms associated with the individual's particular case of psoriatic arthritis. In many cases, heat therapy to treat the stiffness and applications of ice for inflammation are adequate treatments.

Pain Relief for Psoriatic Arthritis Sufferers

A doctor might also prescribe common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce the swelling and to alleviate the pain. However, many people simply can't ingest aspirin on a regular basis. Excessive use of aspirin has been shown to damage the lining of the stomach, and those with ulcers may not be able to take aspirin at all.

Because the use of aspirin is considered to be potentially damaging for some patients, another similar category of drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors is often prescribed as a competent psoriatic arthritis treatment. These work to inhibit the production of an enzyme that contributes to joint inflammation.

Another class of drugs used to treat psoriatic arthritis is called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). These drugs are supposed to limit the actual amount of damage to the joints by slowing down the progression of the disease. Other therapeutic psoriatic arthritis treatments include the use of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those frequently used to fight cancer, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers that act to block the occurrence of a protein in the immune system that causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints.

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