Rheumatoid arthritis: symptoms, treatment( including folk remedies)

Systemic inflammatory disease of connective tissue, called rheumatism - a serious pathology. It is caused by hemolytic streptococcus, the same bacterium that causes angina. Therefore, the rheumatic process usually begins 2 to 4 weeks after it. Rheumatism affects the heart and joints. Pathologies of the cardiac muscle proceed according to the type of various carditis, rheumatoid arthritis also has its own peculiarities.

Age groups

It should not be considered that the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are an advantage of the elderly. Like rheumatism itself, rheumatoid arthritis often occurs in children and adolescents aged 6 to 15 years. In adults and elderly people, such articular pathology practically does not occur.

According to statistics, even in childhood, rheumatoid arthritis occurs in one child out of a thousand. So often this disease can not be called.

child, large rheumatoid arthritis
More common rheumatic arthritis occurs in children

Causes and symptoms of

As mentioned above, articular rheumatic process develops after a streptococcal infection. Angina, tonsillitis, pharyngitis of streptococcal nature plus reduced immunity or improper treatment of the underlying disease are the main causes of rheumatic inflammation.

In acute conditions, the disease begins with an increase in body temperature and the appearance of painful sensations. Joints ache, swell, skin over them blush and become hot to the touch. To confuse rheumatic arthritis with other pathologies is difficult, becausewith it there are always "volatile" pains. That is, after the inflammation of one joint passes, there is inflammation in the other, then in the third joint, etc. Such a "volatile" polyarthritis occurs only in rheumatic attacks.

cardiac pathology
Rheumatoid arthritis usually occurs along with the heart pathology of

There are also atypical manifestations of the disease, which are not characterized by high fever and pronounced pain manifestations. Erased symptomatology can significantly complicate the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It should be distinguished from rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis, in which the symmetrical lesion of the joints prevails and a very long treatment is required.

Rheumatic attack is usually short-lived. Pain and inflammation completely disappear within 2 weeks. But under adverse circumstances, rheumatic attacks can be repeated. Complications, which the doctor should not leave without attention, are pathologies from the side of the heart muscle and nervous system.

Treatment measures

Treatment of rheumatism should be carried out in a comprehensive manner. And it should begin with the organization of the right regime and adequate nutrition. Diet patient in the acute period of rheumatoid arthritis should be salt-free - this will speed recovery. Limit the use of salt should be and immediately after a full recovery, within 10 - 20 days.

The following products are excluded from the patient's diet:

  • Mushrooms;
  • Peas, beans, beans;
  • Sorrel;
  • Spinach;
  • Strong broths rich in extractive substances;
  • Fatty, smoked, fried foods;
  • Seasonings and spices.
fatty food
Such food for rheumatoid arthritis is prohibited!

Restrictions require products rich in light carbohydrates:

  • Sugar;
  • Confectionery;
  • Honey;
  • Jam;
  • Baking;
  • Grapes.

Medical treatment

Always appointed by a doctor and primarily involves antibiotic treatment. If before the most favorite drug for the treatment of rheumatism was bicillin( antibiotic penicillin series prolonged action), then with the development of pharmacological science the list of drugs has expanded significantly due to antibacterial drugs of a wide spectrum.

The use of antibiotics requires caution

Treatment of articular manifestations is performed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are very effective in this case.

Specific dosages and duration of the treatment course are selected by the physician. Both antibiotics and NSAIDs have many contraindications, with uncontrolled admission complications are possible. In severe, neglected cases of rheumatoid arthritis, hormonal drugs may be used.

Medications from natural sources

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arthritis of fingers Methods of treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

It should be noted that treatment of rheumatic joint inflammation with folk remedies is used only as an auxiliary symptomatic therapy. It is necessary to take into account the young age of patients and the possibility of allergic reactions. Therefore, if you have decided to alleviate the condition of a child with some folk remedy, ask the doctor if it is worth it.

For an example, here are some simple recipes that are used by folk medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis. We chose the folk methods that do not require oral administration and do not usually cause unwanted reactions.

Compresses home

You can make them from the leaves of burdock, fresh cabbage or coltsfoot. Just wrap the affected joint with any sheet and fix it. Remember and that at high temperature to do compresses is not recommended.

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A coltsfoot leaf is good for compresses

potatoes According to the patients, arthritic pain compresses from grated raw potatoes are well removed, which should be applied to the aching joint.


If there is no temperature, you can recommend coniferous baths to improve night sleep and relieve pain. Use for their preparation pharmacy pine extract or brew young pine branches themselves, at a rate of 50 grams per glass of boiling water.


Prepare the home ointment. To do this, take the egg yolk and mix with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. If there is no allergy, you can add a teaspoon of turpentine. Grab the ointment in the affected joint before going to bed.

And, in conclusion, we recall that rheumatism and its main symptom - rheumatoid arthritis, pass without a trace with timely begun and correctly selected treatment.