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Can smoking make my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms worse?

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Smoking puts you at higher risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis and it can make the disease worse. If you smoke, ask you doctor about ways to quit.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Understanding RA Flares," "Arthritis Flares Are Normal But Still Difficult," "Stress and Worry Affect RA," "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sleep," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-Care," "Track+React."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "RA Flares: What Triggers a Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare?" "Vaccinations for the Arthritis Patient."

Cedars-Sinai: "Lifestyle Modifications."

UW Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: "Stress and Arthritis."

UpToDate: "Patient Education: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid arthritis: Can diet affect symptoms?" "Rheumatoid Arthritis: Does Pregnancy Affect Symptoms?"

FDA: "Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics, Please."

American College of Rheumatology: "Pregnancy and Rheumatic Disease."

CDC: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on July 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Understanding RA Flares," "Arthritis Flares Are Normal But Still Difficult," "Stress and Worry Affect RA," "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sleep," "Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-Care," "Track+React."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "RA Flares: What Triggers a Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare?" "Vaccinations for the Arthritis Patient."

Cedars-Sinai: "Lifestyle Modifications."

UW Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: "Stress and Arthritis."

UpToDate: "Patient Education: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Mayo Clinic: "Rheumatoid arthritis: Can diet affect symptoms?" "Rheumatoid Arthritis: Does Pregnancy Affect Symptoms?"

FDA: "Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics, Please."

American College of Rheumatology: "Pregnancy and Rheumatic Disease."

CDC: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on July 22, 2017

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