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Treatment For Itchy Skin Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
I've had rosacea since I was a teenager, I tried laser but it didn't work. Are there any new treatments? I also have rheumatoid arthritis.
Rosacea treatments: There are lots of treatments available for rosacea. We have creams, washes and oral antibiotics in addition to the laser treatments. You might want to be sure you have had a blood test to rule out lupus. Since you have arthritis you want to be sure your facial rash is not related. Don't give up on treating your problem. When 1 treatment plan doesn't work we can try another plan. ...Read more
What could cause my scalp to be sore for this last week? I do have Rheumatoid arthritis, but I can't touch my head from soreness.
Multiple medications: It is documented that early, agrressive therapy is indicated in RA and results in much better outcome as opposed to delaying agrressive therapy (as was done in the past). Initial therapy would include plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) methotrexate, and biologic agents, i.e., enbrel, humira, etc. This approach is supported by long term clinical trials and radiographic evidence. ...Read more
Further research: In general there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that complimentary alternative medicine therapies are safe/effective for rheumatoid arthritis. Some mind-body therapies and supplements may be good adjunctive treatments (could possibly decrease pain in joints) but especially dietary supplements should be discussed with your doctor for potential interactions with conventional medicine. ...Read more
Yes: Alternative treatments are best discussed with your rheumatologist. ...Read more
Caution tetracyline: In children tetracycline can stain the bone. We are fortunate that we can use most of the medications we use in adults in children, but some are not approved for children. We can use Methotrexate and some of the biologics are approved for treatment of jia children such as Etanercept and adalimumab. Iv Infliximab is approved for childhood ibd, IV tocilizumab and Abatacept for jia. Others not yet. ...Read more
Can RA factor become +ve due to some other auto immune disease such as vitiligo, a skin prob? Or should I accept that I have rheumatoid arthritis?
Depends: Rf can be a false positive. A rheumatologist can determine if you have RA or not. ...Read more
Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)
Resubmit: Your question is difficult to understand. Do you mean to ask about side effects of treatments for RA or which treatments are available for problem disease? You need to speak with a/your rheumatologist about these issues. ...Read more
Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?
Let the buyer beware: I don't know a lot about alternative treatments for jra, but I see lots of patients that missed their opportunity to prevent permanent joint damage when very effective medications are available. That's very sad, especially for young patients. ...Read more
What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis. Their treatments?
Many differences: Rheumatoid arthritis typicall affects small joints of the hands and feet, is much more painful and causes stiffness of the joints. Degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis is disease of the weight bearing joints like knees and hips and causes low to moderate degree of pain and it often occurs after 50 yrs of age. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in- of allplaces- my eyelids! I'm thinking sarcoidosis is possible. Thoughts? For many years, I have had swollen upper eyelids with a bumpy texture (looks like chicken skin). I've also been to an optometrist
Rheumatoid: Rheumatoid arthritis unfortunately can present in many ways. To be sure of the diagnosis you really need to see a rheumatologist and have blood tests to confirm the diagnosis. A biopsy would have shown the probem to be sarcoidosis so that probably can now be eliminated. If you have not seen an oculoplastic specialist, I would do this as well. ...Read more
Can Rheumatoid Arthritis cause the skin to itch? (Head, arms, torso, legs) I have tender spots and bumps on my scalp and one turned to an open sore.
There can B rheuma-: -toid nodules that can itch, also the itching can B increased possibly by Ur meds. Talk 2 Ur rheumatologist. ...Read more
37 yr-old woman has 2 years of pain and swelling in multiple joints, including stiffness, and is hoping to get her normal life back as aerobics.....?
@ age 20, , B sure U-: -have the proper diagnosis. That should come from a rheumatologist. If U have been diagnosed by a rheumatologist U know there is no cure. There R meds that control the symptoms & slow down the progression. Ask him/ her this question. ...Read more
Do stem cells taken at birth of a child would cure the rheumatoid arthritis in child if that happens in future, as we have family background of ra.
No such thing: There is no cure but there are extremely effective meds that will prevent joint damage and eliminate pain. ...Read more
My daughter's doctor thinks she has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. What should she do to cure it?
There is no cure: Unfortunately there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. There are continuing advancements in treatment. Medications considered disease modifying agents can made a big difference in the progression of the disease process. First make an appointment with a pediatric rheumatologist for the appropriate testing to see if your daughter truly has the disease. The rheumatologist will guide you further. ...Read more
No cure: Bur excellent treatments o put in remission. ...Read more
No cure but tx: There is no "cure" for rheumatoid arthritis. That being said, there are medications that can potentially put the disease into "remission." Often combination treatment (more than one medication) is needed to keep the condition under control. There are more options for treatment now than ever before. ...Read more
Closer: There are some good leads but no definite cure yet. Rheumatoid arthritis may be more than one disease. Although we think immune dysregulation is a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis, different people may have different mechanisms. Sometimes it appears someone is responding to therapy and then they lose the response. This suggests that a new mechanism of inflammation has taken over - possibilities. ...Read more