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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
Many options: There are dozens of medications for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatologists usually start with a milder, less toxic medication like Methotrexate and add additional therapies as needed. Sometimes it takes trying 6 or more drugs until an effective regimen is found. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Could Humira (adalimumab) cause drug-induced lupus on the head? Some small lesions on the head. (Rheumatoid arthritis)
Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.....?
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