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Psoriasis + Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune disorders tied to inflammation. If you feel inflammation in your joints, on your skin or in both places, turn to our team of dermatologists and autoimmune disease experts for relief.

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Are psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis related?

The common thread for these psoriatic diseases is inflammation. So yes, while psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are 2 separate conditions, they can become linked. About 1 in 20 people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, likely in that order.

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Inflammation can change your body’s healthy rhythm. When you feel or suspect that something is off, know that our team of experts will help you find relief. The biggest difference between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis is where you experience the inflammation in your body.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales.

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes your joints to swell, leading to pain and stiffness.



When you’re living with mild, moderate or severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, you can turn to Tufts Medicine for complete healthcare. That’s one of the reasons we proudly serve more patients than most major academic medical centers in the Eastern Massachusetts.

To treat your psoriatic disease, we offer many therapeutic options, such as:

  • Biologic therapies
  • Dermatologic infusion therapy
  • Oral immunosuppressive drugs
  • Phototherapy
  • Topical treatments
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