According to a new study, one in four of the 7.5 million people in the U.S. that suffer from the skin condition psoriasis, may also be suffering from psoriatic arthritis – many of whom battle it without a diagnosis.
Research from the National Psoriasis Foundation found that 22 percent of psoriasis sufferers showed significant signs of the form of arthritis – swollen joints and joint pain and tenderness. More than 44 percent of those suffering from the condition claimed they had the symptoms for more than a year before being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.
"It's vital to diagnose and treat psoriatic arthritis early in order to prevent or slow joint damage," said Dr. Mark Lebwohl, lead author and chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board. "Yet, nearly 30 percent of psoriatic arthritis patients said it took more than two years for a diagnosis."
Any form of arthritis can cause joint pain and join weakening in a person's body. Caregivers worried that their aging loved on living at home may fall due to their arthritis may want to install a senior alert system at their house. This device, which can be worn around a senior's neck, gives them the ability to call for help at any time.