Patients suffering from psoriasis are more prone to develop this disease named psoriatic arthritis. It is a inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis or it develops as complication of psoriasis. We can characterized this disease by a form of inflammation on the skin and joints.
According to Ayurveda, psoriatic arthritis can be relate as a component between vatarakta and kushtha. Vatarakta is a joint disorder caused by imbalanced state of vata and rakta.
This is an autoimmune disease in which body’s immune system begins to attack healthy cells and tissues, so it is caused by abnormal immune response which is responsible for inflammation in joints with overproductions of skin cells. Cause can be genetic and can be triggered by environmental factors like viral or bacterial infection.
Q1.What is the exact cause of psoriatic arthritis?
Ans. This is an autoimmune disease and cause can be genetic and environmental factors. Infections, injury, certain medications, smoking and other things can trigger the condition. Psoriasis patients are more prone to develop this disease as it’s complication.
Q.2What are the common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?
Ans. Symptoms can be Joint pain, swelling sometimes accompanied by skin redness, reduced range of motion in joints with scaly and itchy skin. Other symptoms include pain and stiffness of the neck and lower back, swelling of fingers or toes, separated nails from the nail bed, fatigue and eye inflammation.
Q.3What conditions are associated with psoriatic arthritis?
Ans. Anemia, depression, fatigue, obesity, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure these are some additional conditions that can occur if you have psoriatic arthritis.
Q.4 What lifestyle changes are important in psoriatic arthritis?
Ans. You need to maintain healthy weight, regular exercise, proper rest, Managing your stress levels, quit smoking.
Q.5 What are the complications of psoriatic arthritis?
Ans. Diabetes, heart diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, mood disorders, spondylitis are some of the complications of this disease.
Q.6 Is psoriatic arthritis curable?
Ans. It is a chronic condition and there is no permanent cure but ignoring symptoms and delaying of medical treatment could cause serious damage so there are some preventive aspects and lifestyle changes things are available to slow the progression of the condition and avoid severe joint damage.
Q.7 How ayurveda treatment considered effective?
Ans.Ayurvedic treatment is effective because it aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of all the toxins from the body. It can be cured only if the patient is ready to accept all the protocols and conditions for treatment as well as complete change in lifestyle. Strict diet regime should be followed with ayurvedic medicines.