Is It Possible to Have Psoriatic Arthritis Without Psoriasis?

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Is It Possible to Have Psoriatic Arthritis Without Psoriasis?

It might be possible to develop psoriatic arthritis without first having psoriasis.

Experts in the field of psoriatic arthritis have long faced a chicken-and-egg question: Can you have psoriatic arthritis without having psoriasis first? Some say yes. Some say no. Others say yes and no.

Like psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks a part of the body. With psoriasis, the immune system attacks the skin (leading to telltale raised red or silvery patches), while psoriatic arthritis attacks the joints (causing stiffness, pain, and swelling). About 80-85% of people who develop psoriatic arthritis have psoriasis first, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. For the remaining 15-20%, arthritis precedes the skin condition.

“It is much, much more common to have the psoriasis first,” says Marcy O’Koon Moss, senior director for consumer health at the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta.

But the question remains: If a patient first experiences joint symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, does that mean they don’t have psoriasis—or just that their psoriasis hasn’t been detected yet?

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