Rheumatoid arthritis:An autoimmune disorder

Date: January 27, 2017

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system - which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses - mistakenly attacks the joints.

This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that can affect more than just your joints.


RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: SYMPTOMS

Tender, warm, swollen joints

Redness of the joints

Joint stiffness that last for more than 30 minutes

Stiffness that usually worsens in the mornings and after inactivity

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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid arthritis can damage a wide variety of body systems

It can affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels


MANIFESTATION OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Dryness of the eyes and mouth

Excessive Hair loss

Rashes on the body

Breathlessness

Sudden loss of vision

Recurrent abortions

It is important to diagnose Rheumatoid arthritis at an early stage and give timely, proper treatment for it.


GOALS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS TREATMENT

Stop inflammation

Relieve symptoms

Prevent joint and organ damage

Improve physical function and overall well-being

Reduce long-term complications


RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS INCREASES RISK OF

Coronary artery disease

Heart attack

Hypertension

Diabetes

Stroke

The aim of treatment is to attain remission. A treatment plan is tailored to suit a patient's needs and lifestyle.