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Encinitas CA specialist prevents irreversible damage by treating early stages of psoriatic arthritis

Early Stages of Psoriatic Arthritis in Encinitas Area

It’s estimated that up to 30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA). If you have psoriasis, it’s important to be self-aware; watch for any changes that could indicate the presence of PsA, as the risk of developing this condition among psoriasis sufferers doesn’t wane over time. It can take 10 to 12 years after psoriasis is diagnosed for PsA to present itself.

Board-Certified Rheumatologist Dr. Peter Lloyd of Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center is trained to identify the early stages of psoriatic arthritis in Encinitas CA. Early diagnosis means the early intervention of the kind that helps to prevent damage to bones and cartilage, which can be irreversible and substantial if allowed to progress without treatment.

How psoriatic arthritis affects your body

Formerly, PsA was thought to affect only the skin and joints; however, in recent decades, research has shown that this disease can impair the body from the inside out. As an autoimmune condition, psoriatic arthritis causes your body’s cells to “turn on each other,” a process that can progress quite quickly and cause system-wide effects.

In its earliest changes, the psoriatic disease can’t be identified conclusively with a blood test, a challenge that underscores the need for expertise from a specialist like Dr. Lloyd who has extensive familiarity with psoriasis and related conditions. There are numerous conditions whose clinical presentation overlaps with psoriatic arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease.

When working with you, Dr. Lloyd may be looking for or asking you about the following aches and pains during your visit to Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center, including:

  •   Painful swelling of the joints, on one or both sides of the body
  •   Swelling that is warm to the touch
  •   Deformities of the fingers and toes, which can precede joint swelling
  •   Foot pain at the points where the tendons meet bone, especially at the back of the heel (your Achilles) and soles of the feet (a condition known as plantar fasciitis)
  •   Lower back pain or sacroiliitis that can radiate to the legs and buttocks
  •   Tenderness in the upper back and neck, or spondylitis
  •   Inflammation of the joints between the vertebrae of the spin, and between the spine and pelvis
  •   Limited mobility
  •   Stiffness that is particularly pronounced upon waking or after prolonged sitting
  •   Pitted nails, or nails that are detached from the fingers and toes
  •   Scales that are characteristic of psoriasis, on areas such as the scalp, knees, and back
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Since psoriatic arthritis can affect your entire body, a small percentage of people may also develop ocular problems such as red eyes and blurred vision. Patients with psoriatic arthritis are also at increased risk of developing frequent viral infections, and cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and other complications.

To minimize your risk of these and other conditions, and to protect your quality of life and healthy function, schedule an appointment at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center. Call 760-509-2429 . It’s important to be proactive about starting medications and other therapies early into the disease, as symptoms can progress so quickly and as a means of protecting your mobility and independence.

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Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd is a board-certified rheumatologist with exceptional expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other rheumatologic diseases. He earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. He completed his rheumatology fellowship training at the prestigious David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. At his facility Seaside Rheumatology, he treats his patients using the latest technology and medical developments. Due to his impeccable academic records, modern approach to treatments and compassionate patient care, he is valued as one of the best rheumatologists in the Rheumatology field.

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I have been seeing Dr. Lloyd for about a year now. He has a kind demeanor and great sense of humor. Even on my bad days, it’s a pleasure going to appointments. His knowledge of the human condition is vast and impressive. He knows how to effectively ease discomfort with an ability to make you feel comfortable in moments of vulnerability. In his care, my pain and suffering is significantly diminished. I am grateful and appreciative of him and the help he has given me since the day I walked into his practice. I highly recommend Dr. Lloyd as a professional and as a doctor of Rheumatology. Shawnie D. BY Shawnie D.
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