The two types of arthritis can very easily be confused. Both conditions are autoimmune and attack the body in the joints inflicting pain, stiffness and swelling. However, how different are they?


Numerous people suffer from stiffness and joint pain caused by arthritis. However, there are many types of arthritis and they all have unique symptoms, complications and causes. Having a basic knowledge about their similarities and differences is vital in preparing you into knowing what you are suffering from and what your options are.

Differences between Psoriasis arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Although they have some similarities, they are not the same,

· Plaques and lesions on the skin indicate that a person has psoriasis.

· Lesions and plaques rule out rheumatoid arthritis.

· It is possible to have psoriasis arthritis without having skin problems.

· Psoriasis arthritis does not just involve joints and bones but also eventually affects the eyes, tendons and nails.

· Psoriasis arthritis is not symmetrical in its attack; it may attack just one knee or just one wrist.

· Rheumatoid arthritis on the other hand is symmetrical; if it attacks the left knee, it will also attack the right knee as well.

Psoriasis Arthritis Traits

· It affects both sexes

· You can develop psoriasis arthritis without it affecting your skin.

· It affects approximately 30 percent of people with psoriasis.

· The inflammation is caused by the body’s immune system causing swelling, pain and stiffness.

Symptoms of Psoriasis Arthritis

· Sausage digits (swollen toes and fingers)

· Uveitis (eye inflammation)

· Back pain (sacroiliac pain)

· Joint swelling and pain

· Nail dystrophy

Rheumatoid Arthritis Traits

· It is the most frequent type of autoimmune arthritis.

· It occurs in a symmetrical manner as opposed to psoriasis arthritis.

· It makes people’s immune system attack their own joints and linings.

· It is mostly common in women.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

· Dry eyes

· Low fever

· Dry mouth

· Fatigue

· Uveitis

· Appetite loss

· Lung and heart inflammation

· Pain in the joints of both sides of the body

· Bone erosions and stunted bone growth

· Affects cervical spine

Possible Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis Arthritis

· Hormonal imbalances

· Infections prompting immune systems to attack themselves.

· Genetics (tends to run in families)

Psoriasis arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis complications

· They eventually cause inflammatory damage and scarring of the internal organs.

· Sprains and fractures

· Osteoporosis


Psoriasis arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are both types of autoimmune arthritis. They share lot similarities the main one being joint pains stiffness and swelling. The flare-ups can be unpredictable and may come and go in a pattern. Each condition however has its own unique symptoms