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What Does Folic Acid Do For Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Folic acid, AKA folate (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more
See details: It really depends on the specific manifestation and the severity of the involvement. Is one joint involved or are many involved? Is it more systemic with fevers, rashes and heart involvement. These answers determine the treatment options. A rheumatologist can guide you. Options include nsaids, prednisone, Methotrexate and tnf agents among others. ...Read more
See below: There is no specific blood test to diagnose jra. ...Read more
Get proper treatment: Be sure to see a board certified pediatric rheumatologist.General pediatricians and family medicine docs are not familiar or comfortable with using weekly low dose Methotrexate and TNF inhibitors that are needed to control 99% of kids with correctly diagnosed JIA/JRA.It's worth traveling some distance to see a pediatric rheumatologist since most adult rheumatologists do not treat it as effectively ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 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
See below: He/she may experience a flare in his/her symptoms. Let the doctor know what's going on. ...Read more
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