Some people who live with the skin condition psoriasis also develop a form of arthritis known as psoriatic arthritis. It causes inflammation in and around the joints.
Psoriatic arthritis can affect most joints, but typically causes problems in fingers and toes, with pitting and discoloration of nails. About a third of people with psoriatic arthritis also have spondylitis – a stiff, painful back or neck caused by inflammation in the spine.
You can find out more about the condition in our Psoriatic Arthritis information booklet and also by watching the videos below.
Rónán Dervan from Loughrea in Co. Galway was 29 when he started to notice that there was something wrong with his body. At first he thought that the pain and discomfort he was experiencing was from sport, but when he stopped playing, the pain got worse.
When he got a diagnosis, it was of psoriatic arthritis; a condition he hadn't heard of. With his diagnosis and the realisation that he had it in his spine, feet, hips, ribs and shoulders, he started to receive treatment.
Nearly three years on, Rónán says that he is in a much better place. In summer 2018, together with a group of friends, he kayaked the full 280km of the River Shannon in a fundraiser for Arthritis Ireland.
The main things for Rónán in living with his condition are to stay fit and to keep his diet right.
His main advice though is that if you have concerns about your health to consult with your healthcare professionals. Once you get a diagnosis, he says, everything becomes a lot easier from there.
More than Skin Deep – interview with Marion Morrissey about her journey from psoriasis to psoriatic arthritis
Prof. David Kane and Dr Anne-Marie Tobin talk about the link between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, including the signs, symptoms and how it is diagnosed.
Managing the Journey – Prof. David Kane and Dr Anne-Marie Tobin give advice on how best to manage the journey from psoriasis to psoriatic arthritis
Support for people living with psoriasis
The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) is a national charity supporting people with skin conditions. It provides reliable and independent information reviewed by Irish-based dermatologists, nurses and patients.
The ISF also offers support to people and families affected by skin conditions through its free nurse helpline service staffed by specialist dermatology nurses.
You can submit a question to the ISF helpline anytime here.