Research Investigates the Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on the Human Organs and Systems


Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/07/2015 -- Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain and discomfort among patients. The condition also causes physical limitations that hinder patients from doing their daily routines and working. However, it seems that there are many other health threats that RA can cause.

Research investigates the impact of rheumatoid arthritis on the human organs and systems. According to researchers, inflammation in RA can potentially affect the rest of the body, aside from the joints. Some of the identified body parts or organs that are typically affected are the skin, eyes, mouth, liver, kidneys, lungs and heart.

The Arthritis Foundation has provided some pertinent information about rheumatoid arthritis and its potential effect on certain organs and systems. Patients should tell their health care provider immediately if they experience symptoms.

"Being educated about the consequences of having the disease is important. It helps doctors take the measures needed to manage the condition better," said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O'Sullivan.

There are a few possible ways that rheumatoid arthritis can affect the skin. According to experts, there are about half of the population of RA patients who develop rheumatoid nodules, which are lumps of tissue under the skin, and that usually appears in the bony areas such as the elbows or fingers. Corticosteroids, which are a type of RA drugs, are known to control inflammation. However, they can also cause the skin to become thinner and be susceptible to bruising.

Scleritis is also associated with rheumatoid arthritis. This eye condition is characterized by inflammation and causes symptoms such as redness, pain, light sensitivity and blurred vision. Cortocosteroid, NSAIDs or eye drops are usually the treatment of scleritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is also associated with the development of gum disease, which is otherwise known as gingivitis. Patients need to practice excellent oral hygiene and use a topical pain reliever.

According to research, there are also many rheumatoid arthritis patients who end up developing a pulmonary symptom such as Pleurisy. This condition is an inflammation of the lung lining and makes it painful for sufferers to breathe deeply. One study also found that RA patients are 2.5 percent more susceptible to cardiovascular disease than those who do not suffer from the condition.

There are other organs that can potentially be affected by rheumatoid arthritis, such as the liver and kidneys. The long-term use of RA medications, such as analgesic acetaminophen, can cause liver failure. RA drugs such as cyclosporine and NSAID can also cause kidney problems.

Due to the side effects associated with the use of these pharmaceutical drugs, there are individuals who use natural alternatives such as curcumin supplements. This natural alternative is believed to have many therapeutic properties that are helpful for the overall well-being of arthritis sufferers (

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