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Here’s what you need to know about rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

Autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are medical conditions that can’t be cured for good, however, their symptoms and severity may improve with treatment. While researchers and doctors are still trying to figure out the causes of these diseases, they are also trying to build enough knowledge to help combat them. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, share a lot of common symptoms but their treatment can vary depending on the kind and severity of the disease. Here are a few ways in which we can treat them both and make daily life for patients as normal as possible.

Rheumatoid arthritis: If rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed early, then just by making a few lifestyle changes, we can help patients find relief and sustain a healthy normal life for a long time. If the flare ups get worse, the disease can be controlled by taking anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal drugs to reduce pain and inflammation and help delay bone damage. In worse cases, cortisone shots can also be given directly to the joint and that provides relief for some time. In cases of bone deformity, joint replacement surgeries may be needed.

Lupus: Lupus is very unpredictable, and its condition can change over time, so the treatment prescribed will also depend on factors such as age, medical history, location, the severity of the disease, etc. If it is a mild case the patient may not need any treatment, but if it is severe they may need strong drugs sometimes in combination to help fight a series of symptoms besides joint inflammation and pain. Corticosteroids and prescription drugs can work in reducing symptoms and prevent the disorder from attacking or damaging the kidney, brains etc.

Other lifestyle changes can help keep the symptoms of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, in check such as physical therapies, exercises, sleeping well, and trying to maintain a healthy weight. These changes would help reduce inflammation of the joints and relieve them of pain to a great extent. Avoiding alcohol and smoking and limiting exposure to direct sunlight helps in controlling the skin rashes that are caused by Lupus. Just because you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, doesn’t mean your life can’t be normal. Take precautions and you can live a healthy and active life.

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