People with arthritis are more likely than the healthy population to suffer from infections, including potentially deadly ones that can put you in hospital on intravenous antibiotics.
Conditions like urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, and meningitis are all caused by bacteria or viruses and are all common in people with arthritis.
So why does this happen to people with arthritis?
To answer this, American researchers analyzed the data of arthritic patients registered on the Corrona registry between 2003 and 2015, comparing people with different levels of disease activity to see how important it is to keep arthritis under control.
They published the study in the journal Arthritis Care Research.
In this case, they used the commonly used clinical disease activity index to separate the patients into those…
– with sustained remission (3,355 people),
– those with sustained low disease activity (3,912 people),
– and those with sustained moderate to high disease activity (5,062 people).
Overall, there were 1.03 infections per 100 patient-years in the remission group, 1.92 in the low disease activity group, and 2.51 in the high disease activity group.
For this reason, it is incredibly important to keep your arthritis under control, especially to the point where you are in remission and the condition is mostly dormant.
Those who took drugs that suppress the immune system had twice the risk of infection of the others, and in their case remission did not help.
So how can you put your arthritis in remission without suffering the side effects of medications?