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Psoriatic Arthritis 

 

Arthritis is an illness that can cause pain and swelling in joints. Over time, the joint can become severely damaged. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as elbow or knee. Some kinds of arthritis can cause problems in other organs, such as your eyes, or in your chest. It can affect your skin, too. These problems may be caused by inflammation (in-flah-MAY-shun), a swelling that can include pain or redness. They are telling you that something is wrong. There are several kinds of a...

When your body is attacked--perhaps by a virus or germs on a nail you stepped on--your immune system defends you. It sees and kills the germs that might hurt you. But when the system doesn't work right, this process can cause harm. Immune cells can mistake your body's own cells as invaders and attack them. This "friendly fire" can affect almost any part of the body. It can sometimes affect many parts of the body at once. This is called autoimmunity (meaning self-immunity).


Arthritis as related to Autoimmune Diseases