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5 Warning Signs of Psoriatic Arthritis

Stages of Psoriatic Arthritis in Encinitas CA Area

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory disorder characterized by inflamed joints, joint pain, and loss of mobility due to the breakdown of joint cartilage. This condition can cause irreversible joint damage and deformity if left untreated. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital in managing psoriatic arthritis. At Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center, Encinitas, California, we specialize in PsA detection and treatment.

Who’s at Risk of Developing Psoriatic Arthritis?

If you have psoriasis – a skin condition whereby your skin becomes red, dry, and flaky – you’re at greater risk of developing psoriatic arthritis. Although you can develop PsA at any time, it’s more common in people between 30 and 50 years of age. An evaluation by Dr. Peter Lloyd at our practice can determine if you have this condition.

Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

The following are some symptoms that could indicate you have psoriatic arthritis:

  • Red, swollen joints
  • A warm sensation in your joints
  • Nail abnormalities like pits or ridges
  • Deformed joint at the end of your finger
  • Difficulty moving your fingers or hands due to stiffness

Stages of Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis affects people differently, with varying degrees of symptoms. Although the progression of PsA may vary, it can be divided into three general stages:

  • Pre-Clinical Stage – symptoms include minor joint or heel pain due to inflammation in your joints and fatigue. If you already have psoriasis, you’re more likely to experience these symptoms.
  • Early Stage of Psoriatic Arthritis – common symptoms are back and joint pain, tendon or ligament pain, elbow pain, foot pain, degradation of your nails, swelling of fingers or toes, and psoriasis skin rash.
  • Advanced or Chronic Stage: Uncontrolled inflammation in your body can lead to loss of mobility, joint damage, irreversible bone damage, and damage to internal organs.
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Diagnosis and Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis in and around Encinitas, California

When psoriatic arthritis is left untreated, it can have severe repercussions on your health. We can accurately diagnose and treat your condition at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center, Encinitas, CA. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Peter Lloyd, please call us today at 760-509-2429.

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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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