Psoriatic Arthritis and Hydration: What You Need to Know

If you have psoriatic arthritis, consuming enough fluids is a healthy habit that may reduce some of your bothersome symptoms. Good hydration is essential for many parts of the body to function properly, including your joints and skin.

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory condition that affects up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

When Cynthia Covert feels dehydrated or overheated, her psoriatic arthritis pain and stiffness goes into overdrive. “I feel like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz,” says Covert, who writes the blog Disabled Diva.

Covert often uses an electric wheelchair when visiting places that require a lot of walking, such as theme parks. “[So] it’s hard to tell when I have gone too long without drinking water,” she says.

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