What Is a Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare or Flare Up?

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When we talk about a flare of your arthritis, it is a worsening of your symptoms. So arth means joint, itis means inflammation. There are four components to inflammation. Red, hot, painful, and swollen. We always, as rheumatologists want you to have normal joints which means they're not red, they're not hot, they're not painful, they are not swollen.

If, during the course of your illness, a joint or several joints get red, hot, painful and swollen that's a flare. Now we want to take care of that with increasing your immune modulation which usually means we get the hair back up. We give you a burst of steroids, and sometimes it will be six dose per day, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Though rheumatoid arthritis tends
to be a long term not a short term thing, so it might, rather than having six days, it might be 21 days, where you take one pill three times a day per week, twice a day per week, once a day, [xx]