Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause chronic inflammation of the joints and other areas of the body
Some of the types of interstitial lung disease include:
- Joint pain in the feet, hands, and knees,
- Swollen joints,
- Tender joints,
- Loss of joint function,
- Stiff joints,
- Joint redness,
- Rheumatoid nodules,
- Joint warmth,
- Joint deformity.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease characterized by periods of disease flares and remissions.
In rheumatoid arthritis, multiple joints are usually, but not always, affected in a symmetrical pattern.
Chronic inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis can cause permanent joint destruction and deformity.
Damage to joints can occur early and does not always correlate with the severity of RA symptoms.
The “rheumatoid factor” is an antibody that can be found in the blood of 80% of people with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid factor is detected in a simple blood test. Possible risk factors for developing rheumatoid arthritis include genetic background, smoking, silica inhalation, periodontal disease, and microbes in the bowels (gut bacteria).