Will symptoms worsen over time?
For some people with mild symptoms, these symptoms may not worsen over time.
Symptoms that follow a cycle of flares and remissions can sometimes get worse over time, but an effective treatment plan can usually prevent progressive damage from occurring.
If symptoms are severe, however, or the person does not receive effective treatment, symptoms can get progressively worse, and this can affect an individual’s ability to carry out their daily tasks.
In the early stages, it can be difficult to predict the course of the disease.
Progression of psoriasis and PsA
Most people who develop PSA will already have had psoriasis for around 10 years, but this is not always the case.
In 2016, researchers noted that among people who have both PsA and psoriasis, 70% experience skin changes before the symptoms of PsA appear, while 15% develop skin changes after having symptoms of PsA for about 2 years. The other 15% develop both at the same time.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help a person manage their symptoms and reduce the risk of flares and future complications.