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Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's tissues. In addition to causing joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis sometimes can affect other organs of the body — such as the skin, eyes, lungs and blood vessels.

We are here to assist you in dealing with the inflammation and pain.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis FAQs

What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Arthritis is a broad term that describes inflammation of the joints, with swelling, redness and pain. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a particular type of arthritis that causes chronic inflammation of joints on both sides of the body (for example, both wrists, both knees, etc.). RA can rarely affect organs in the body.

Who gets rheumatoid arthritis?
RA affects about 1 in 50 people and is three times more common in women than in men. It is most common in young and middle-aged adults but can also affect children and the elderly.

Is rheumatoid arthritis hereditary?
RA is not hereditary, but particular genes can increase one's chance for developing the disease. Among 100 people with a mother, father, sister or brother with RA, up to 4 will also develop RA. In the general population about a 1 in 100 people develop RA. However, many people who carry the gene that increases the risk of RA never develop the disease.

What causes rheumatoid arthritis?
The exact cause of RA is unknown, but recent studies show that smoking significantly increases the risk of developing this disease. Once the disease begins the joints become inflamed and, if untreated, the joints, cartilage, and bone can be damaged.

What are the symptoms of RA?
The most common symptoms of RA are pain stiffness (especially in the mornings), warmth, redness, and swelling and tenderness in the affected joints. The most common joints involved are the hands, wrists and feet. The stiffness in the morning generally lasts longer than 45 minutes. Other symptoms include fatigue. Anemia, weight loss, and low-grade fever may also be present. The symptoms usually develop gradually over months, but
sometimes it starts more suddenly

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