What’re the Differences Between Psoriatic Arthritis and Lupus?

Q:
What’s the difference between psoriatic arthritis and lupus?

A:
Sometimes people mistake the two conditions. Because lupus and psoriasis are both chronic autoimmune conditions and have some key similarities such as

  • pain and swelling in your joints
  • fatigue

However, there are some key ways to tell them apart though the other symptoms.

Psoriatic arthritis Lupus
Scaly patches on your skin that flake A rash shaped like a butterfly that covers your nose and cheeks
Swelling in your hands, feet, or legs Pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
Fever
Foot pain, often at the bottom or the heel Sensitivity to sun or light that causes skin lesions
Severe swelling in fingers or toes; pitted or discolored nails White or blue color in your fingers and toes when you’re in the cold or feel stressed
Pain in your lower back Headaches or chest pain
Hair loss

Whether you have lupus or psoriatic arthritis, work with your doctor to find the right treatments for you. There are many medicines, lifestyle changes and therapies to get relief.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.