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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Skin Disorders Atlanta GA

You may be familiar with arthritis and even psoriasis, but have you heard of psoriatic arthritis? While not frequently discussed, psoriatic arthritis affects many individuals. In fact, even the popular reality TV star Kim Kardashian West suffers from this autoimmune skin condition. Kim openly speaks about her struggle with psoriasis to help others manage their condition. However, a recent article in New Beauty discloses the incident that led to the celebrity’s diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Kim Kardashian West states, “I woke up that morning and I still couldn’t pick up my phone. I was freaking out—I couldn’t even pick up a toothbrush, my hands hurt so badly.”

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that can destroy joints. It is commonly (but not always) associated with classic psoriasis, which involves red, itchy, bumpy flare-ups of skin lesions. Most people develop psoriasis first and are later diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. However, joint problems can also begin before skin lesions appear. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune disease that can lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.

Symptoms and Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis. Warning signs include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, which may be worse in the mornings but subside later in the day. Both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune conditions, which means that they involve systemic health and can be worsened or improved through diet and lifestyle. In fact, diet seems to play a large role in psoriatic arthritis flare-ups and can mean this condition is often better managed with a more controlled nutritional intake.

If you currently have psoriasis and begin to experience joint pain, a dermatologist can help. There are a variety of treatments for this condition, including those that involve addressing the skin as well as the joints, including exercise, joint protection, NSAIDs, steroids and biologics. Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition in which there is currently no cure. However, there are available therapies to help stop the disease progression, decrease pain and protect the joints. Keep in mind that psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent joint damage if it is ignored or left untreated.

At Olansky Dermatology, we understand the struggle that comes with managing psoriasis, especially if you also battle psoriatic arthritis. Our dermatologists are equipped to treat psoriasis, which includes helping patients manage disruptive skin flare-ups as well as working with rheumatologists to help prevent painful joints associated with PsA. Schedule your consult in Atlanta today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

Kara E.

The appointment process is quick easy and convenient online. Parking is easy enough. I got in basically right at my appointment time. I didn’t have to wait hardly at all. The doctors and nurses are nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The procedure I had was easy and I got out fast and was on my way.

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!