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Health Warning: Dangers of Psoriatic Arthritis

Debra Murray

  Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is a form of arthritis that occurs with the chronic skin condition psoriasis. Symptoms may vary in individuals, and may affect any joint. PA generally affects the skin first, but the symptoms of arthritis may develop before the red and silver scaly patches that generally characterize psoriasis.     What Is Psoriatic Arthritis?    Psoriasis is caused when the body starts attacking its own cells, in this case skin cells. In about 30 percent of all cases of psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, the body's immune system does not stop with attacking skin cells, but...

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Dangers of Gout

Debra Murray

  Gout is a condition that affects the joint areas of the body. It is a type of arthritis that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. If the problem continues, damage to the joints and tendons can occur and you could experience serious health issues.    The pain that comes with gout can cause serious health concerns. Cardiovascular health could be affected, and individuals could experience depression and weight issues. When people have gout, uric acid levels build up in the joints. The pain and stiffness associated with this can cause health problems.    Patients who have gout in their hips, knees,...

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