People can suffer from psoriasis, a long-lasting non-contagious auto-immune disease, a long time before going on to develop psoriatic arthritis. However, this isn’t always the case and in rare cases, you may suffer from psoriatic arthritis without showing any noticeable signs on your skin.
Where psoriasis of the skin is characterised by patches of red or purple raised skin that can be dry, itchy and scaly, psoriatic arthritis tends to affect the joints, and all joints of the body can be affected by the condition. The most commonly affected joints are the hands, feet, knees, spine, neck, and elbows.
Psoriatic arthritis is classed as an auto-immune disease, which means the immune system becomes confused and starts attacking the healthy parts of your body instead of protecting it against infections.
The disease can affect people of any age so isn’t the same as arthritis that tends to affect older generations due to a lifetime of wear and tear on the joints. Psoriatic arthritis affects around 20% of the population to some degree.
Seeking out specialist help
Dr Naveen Bhadauria is a Consultant Rheumatologist currently practising from the prestigious, luxurious and world-renowned clinic rooms of 25 Harley Street in London, Spire London East, BMI Cavell and King’s Oak, so you can consult with him at the location that is most convenient for you.
In most cases patients suspected to be suffering from psoriatic arthritis will be referred to specialist doctors called rheumatologists, such as Dr Bhadauria, by their own GP. However, NHS waiting lists for specialist diagnosis and treatment can be lengthy, with some patients waiting over a year or longer for a consultation.
Dr Bhadauria offers private consultations at his clinics in London to help people that don’t want to wait to get the specialist help they need. Using his expertise, you can get your condition properly diagnosed and assessed and checked to see if you are suffering from another health condition that may be causing your symptoms.
How do I get diagnosed?
You can book a consultation with Dr Bhadauria where he will talk to you about your symptoms. Your medical history will be checked and you will undergo specific tests that may include x-rays and blood tests that will be used to determine your condition and give you a confirmed diagnosis.
The treatments for psoriatic arthritis are formulated to help slow or reduce the spread of the disease and to help soothe and reduce the severity of your symptoms. You will have an individual treatment plan drawn up that will help to manage your condition and improve your quality of life.
Treatments for this disease will vary according to your needs and the severity of your condition, but you may be offered a combination of medication to treat the symptoms along with pain relief to help you feel more comfortable.
These treatments may include:
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Biological DMARDs
If you are experiencing any worrying symptoms that you think could be psoriatic arthritis and would like to talk to our team, ask questions, or book a consultation, please get in touch with us.