Is It Psoriatic Arthritis or Gout?


Cindy Kuzma

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Like psoriatic arthritis, the inflammatory disease known as gout causes painful, swollen joints. But the two diseases have different causes—and, more important, different treatments. A doctor who specializes in arthritis, called a rheumatologist, can help you get the correct diagnosis. That way, you can start a treatment plan that will help ease your symptoms and prevent damage to your joints.

Some Symptoms Shared

It's no wonder psoriatic arthritis and gout are often confused. Besides pain and swelling in the fingers, toes, and other joints, these conditions have several other similar signs. These include:

  • Redness and heat in the affected joints

  • Flare-ups in which symptoms are worse, followed by periods of relief

People with psoriatic arthritis usually have characteristically scaly skin plaques and may also experience pitting and other changes in their fingernails. Their fingers and toes may resemble swollen sausages.

Receiving a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis can be life-changing, but with the right treatment and tools, you can live a full life.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 29, 2017

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