Psoriasis that causes arthritis in your elbows, knees and other joints can be difficult to live with. Daily tasks like getting out of bed or taking a shower can cause you significant distress. It might take you longer to complete tasks that normally are fast and easy for you.
Rather than live with psoriatic arthritis, you can undergo treatment for joint inflammation that is caused by severe psoriasis. These psoriasis treatment options are among the most common that your doctor may recommend to you.
One of the most common joint pain treatment options that your doctor may recommend to you involves taking NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAIDs are among the easiest joint inflammation treatment options to follow. They are sold over-the-counter and are low in cost.
Further, many NSAIDs last for as long as 12 hours. You can take one pill in the morning when you get out of bed to ease your pain. Your joint pain treatment should last all day until you are about ready to go to bed when you can take another pill. You may go all day without experienced much, if any, psoriasis pain in your joints.
Your doctor also has the option of prescribing what are known as DMARDs for your psoriatic joint inflammation. DMARDs stands for Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs. These drugs are designed to be a type of psoriasis treatment that prevents permanent damage to your joints.
As a type of joint pain treatment, however, DMARDs may need to be taken on a prolonged basis. If you stop your joint inflammation treatment, your symptoms could recur. Alternatively, your pain and stiffness could get worse, requiring a more intensive joint treatment to ease your distress.
An example of a more intensive joint inflammation remedy is immunosuppressive therapy. Immunosupressants suppress your immune system. They force your immune system to halt its attack on your body's skin cells. They are effective because psoriasis is categorized as an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack its own body's cells.
These examples are among the most common joint inflammation treatments that your doctor can recommend to you. You can take over-the-counter medications as a first line of defense against psoriasis. However, if they do not work, your doctor may recommend other psoriasis treatment options, such as DMARDs or immunosuppressants. They help your body stop its attack on its own skill cells.