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Psoriasis Arthritis

One of the most difficult types of arthritis to treat is associated with psoriasis.

Psoriasis means that you make too much skin. Old skin cells are being shed and new ones are constantly replacing them. A new skin cell is laid down at the innermost part of the skin. Then as each successive new cell is laid down underneath it, it moves toward the outer layer until it is shed on the 28th day as dander, or scaling.

Psoriasis means that the skin turns over 7 times as fast as normal, so cells are shed after four days. This causes thick plaques to form on the skin. However, the rapid turnover of cells is not limited just to the skin. Other tissues, such as joints, turn over too fast also.

The only effective treatments for joint pains are drugs that slow the rate of new tissue formation, and all have potentially toxic effects. Treatments for psoriatic skin lesions include cortisone medications, vitamin D ointments gold shots and pills and the more toxic immune suppressants.

As with all alpha hydroxy products, one must take care to limit sun exposure. Smoothes and softens through the combined moisturizing action of both urea and alpha-hydroxy acid (lactic acid). This effective lotion helps moisturize even scaly skin that has not been successfully treated by other products.   

Psoriatic Arthritis Links

National Psoriasis Foundation

Psoriatic Arthritis by drdoc online

Psoriatic Arthritis newsgroup

American College of Rheumatology - Fact Sheet

The Arthritis Society - FAQ

University of Washington - About Psoriatic Arthritis

Focus on Arthritis

Arthritis Insight - Focus on Psoriatic Arthritis

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