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What medications are used to treat swollen joints?

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Not all swollen joints are treated the same way. Treatment for swollen joints depends on the condition involved.

For instance, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used in treating swollen joints with osteoarthritis. NSAIDs may also be used to treat swollen joints from an injury. Along with NSAIDs, applications of moist heat or ice can help ease swollen joints and pain.

Steroid medications taken orally for a short period of time may be effective in reducing painful, swollen joints. Steroids block the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body.

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration." MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia: "Swollen Joints" and "Shoulder Injuries and Disorders." Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis;" "Rheumatoid Arthritis;" "Gout;" "Ankylosing Spondylitis;" "Psoriatic Arthritis;" and "Systemic Lupus Erythematotus." The Merck Manual of Medical Information: "Infectious Arthritis." McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Marlowe, 2007. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2003; National Psoriasis Foundation. Diet for a Pain Free LifePain-Free Arthritis,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration." MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia: "Swollen Joints" and "Shoulder Injuries and Disorders." Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis;" "Rheumatoid Arthritis;" "Gout;" "Ankylosing Spondylitis;" "Psoriatic Arthritis;" and "Systemic Lupus Erythematotus." The Merck Manual of Medical Information: "Infectious Arthritis." McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Marlowe, 2007. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2003; National Psoriasis Foundation. Diet for a Pain Free LifePain-Free Arthritis,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

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