- Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints, making everyday activities a difficult and daunting task.
- While doctor prescribed treatment is best, there are some things that people can do at home to relieve their symptoms.
- Adopting better mental health practices like relaxation, deep breathing techniques, adequate sleep, and simply asking for help can go a long way.
- People with psoriatic arthritis should also invest in their physical health by exercising more regularly, eating healthier, and taking care of their skin.
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease that affects the joints, where the tendons and ligaments connect to bone. It often results in pain, stiffness, inflammation and fatigue. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, about 30-percent of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis.
Following a doctor prescribed treatment plan is essential for managing the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. However, in addition to therapies and checkups, there are some other things patients can do at home to help manage their flare ups. Here’s a look at 12 life hacks to help manage psoriatic arthritis…
Eat a Well Balanced Diet
We should all try to eat a more balanced diet, but for people with psoriatic arthritis, a change in diet can go a long way in managing symptoms. While there’s no magic cure-all diet, WebMD advises including more lean proteins, fish, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink lots of water throughout the day and limit carbs and sugar.
“We know that patients with psoriatic arthritis are at about three times higher risk for heart disease, stroke, or any kind of cardiovascular event,” says Nilanjana Bose, MD, a rheumatologist at Memorial Hermann Rheumatology Center of Houston to WebMD. People with psoriatic arthritis are also twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
In addition to eating healthier, it might be a good idea to limit alcohol because according to the Arthritis Foundation, alcohol can interfere with some medications and increase the side effects of certain drugs. Consult your doctor to find out if it’s safe to drink while taking specific treatments.