Psoriatic arthritis and hydration: What you need to know

If you have psoriatic arthritis, getting enough fluids is a healthy habit that may reduce some of your bothersome symptoms. Good hydration is necessary for many parts of the body to function properly, including the 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 dry or overheated, her psoriatic arthritis pain and stiffness go into overdrive. “I feel like a Tin guy from The wizard of oz‘,” says Covert, who writes the blog Diva disabled.

Covert often uses an electric wheelchair when visiting places that require a lot of walking, such as theme parks. “[So] It’s hard to know when you’ve gone a long time without drinking water,” she says.

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