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Treating Your Psoriatic Arthritis

Healthgrades—April 29, 2017

In a Healthgrades online video series, HSS rheumatologist Dee Dee Wu, MD discussed how to treat psoriatic arthritis.

Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Wu explained that treatment options vary. "If the patient has relatively mild symptoms, such as they’re functioning okay but they have a little discomfort, we offer anti-inflammatories. If they have a severe disease, then we definitely offer them a biologic, which is a medication that is developed to target specific inflammatory markers that we know drive the disease," said Dr. Wu.

"Biologics are definitely life changing for many patients, and are very effective at treating both the arthritic complaints and often times the skin disease," she added.

Dr. Wu noted that the most important thing to remember is that "with the appropriate treatment, patients can live a very functional and pain-free life".

This story originally appeared at healthguides.healthgrades.com


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