Header Image
Scientists have identified specific genes that are passed onto family members which can be associated with psoriatic arthritis

What causes Psoriatic Arthritis?

It is not known what exactly causes the inflammation in psoriatic arthritis; however scientists have found links between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis which could lead to a better understanding of this disease.

Several factors have been identified which influence the risk of psoriatic arthritis, these include:

  • Genetics and family history

    If you have family members who are affected by psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis you may have an increased risk of developing the condition as more than 40% of patients with psoriatic arthritis have a parent or sibling with either a skin or joint disease.

    Scientists have identified specific genes that are passed onto family members which can be associated with psoriatic arthritis, although their presence alone does not guarantee that you will develop the condition.
  • Environmental factors

    It has been shown that sudden trauma to the skin or exposure to certain bacteria or viruses may increase the risk of developing psoriatic arthritis; however environmental factors are still not completely understood and remain an area of on-going research.
  • Immunological factors

    Psoriatic arthritis prompts an autoimmune response which causes joint inflammation and excessive skin cell production. Chemicals responsible for these changes have been identified through clinical research and many of the treatments prescribed today attempt to reduce their effect in order to better manage the symptoms.
By continuing to use Psoriatic Arthritis Online, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by following this link Accept cookies