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Infection Alert for People With Arthritis

Arthritis Today—October 31, 2017

Arthritis Today featured HSS rheumatologist Dee Dee Wu, MD in an article about how people with arthritis could be more vulnerable to infection.

According to Dr. Wu, common types of arthritis medication can suppress or modify your immune system, affecting your body’s ability to fight germs. "We advise patients to stop these drugs and call us right away if they develop signs of infection," she said.

To avoid an infection, Dr. Wu recommended washing your hands frequently, not sharing food or drink and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

She advised to be cautious, but don’t go overboard. "You still need to enjoy your life," Dr. Wu said.

Read the full article at blog.arthritis.org


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