Understanding RA Flares
Learn what a rheumatologist says about flares - and how long they can last.
Rheumatoid Arthritis  Flares

You’ve heard about flares from rheumatoid arthritis, but do you know what they are or how long they last?

A flare occurs when your disease activity is at its peak. That’s when joint inflammation and other symptoms increase. High levels of inflammation, if ongoing, can cause problems throughout the body – affecting your eyes, lungs and other organs … even your blood vessels.

As for how long a flare can last: It depends on the medications you take. A change in treatment may be in order to lower disease activity.

Learn more in this Q&A with one of our rheumatologists.

Joint damage can’t be reversed, and permanent joint deformity can occur unless you get prompt medical attention. Doctors recommend early diagnosis and aggressive treatment to control RA.

Look for our next message about certain foods that can help manage RA symptoms.