By the way, doctor: Is psoriatic arthritis serious?

Published: May, 2006

Q. I was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. It comes and goes, but I still run and lift weights. So far, it hasn't inhibited my activities, but I'd like to know whether it's a serious condition and if it can get worse.

A. As you know, psoriasis is mainly a skin disease. But roughly 10% of sufferers also get a related arthritic condition. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition, and in some people, the inflammation that affects the skin also affects the joints. Psoriatic arthritis can go into remission or, as in your case, remain mild. But it can also get much worse and result in major disability.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise

New subscriptions to Harvard Health Online are temporarily unavailable. Click the button below to learn about our other subscription offers.

Learn More »