Risk factors. Several factors can increase your risk of psoriatic arthritis, including:
Psoriasis. Having psoriasis is the single greatest risk factor for developing psoriatic arthritis. People who have pitted, deformed nails are especially likely to develop psoriatic arthritis.
Your family history. Many people with psoriatic arthritis have a parent or a sibling with the disease.
Your age. Although anyone can develop psoriatic arthritis, it occurs most often in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a complex and heterogeneous disease that leads to joint damage and deformities that significantly impact patients’ quality of life. Delays in diagnosis are common in PsA and are associated with disease progression and poorer physical functioning. Early initiation of therapy and the development of new treatments that target the underlying pathophysiology of the disease have the potential to shift goals of treatment for PsA from pain and stiffness reduction to disease remission.
However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the management of patients with PsA. Although current evidence suggests that patients with PsA are not at increased risk of developing severe COVID-19, they are more likely to have comorbidities that increase the risk for COVID-19-related complications. Additionally, it is unknown if treatments for PsA impact the course of COVID-19.
Click on the links below to explore resources on the diagnosis and management of PsA during the COVID-19 pandemic.