If you have psoriasis, you’ve probably been told you have a higher risk of having psoriatic arthritis, too. In fact, up to 33 percent of people with psoriasis will eventually develop psoriatic arthritis, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Catching and treating psoriatic arthritis early is key to relieving symptoms, preventing damage to joints, and slowing this chronic disease’s progression. So, it’s important that people with psoriasis are aware of the connection between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, as well as the early signs of the condition. Here’s what else you need to know about the link between these two conditions.

What Exactly Is the Connection Between Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are both psoriatic diseases. But they’re two distinct conditions: Psoriasis affects the skin, while psoriatic arthritis is a joint disease.