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It is so easy to forget that arthritis is not the only problem we see with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly when the disease is labeled and named an ARTHRITIS. However, the so-called extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis can cause significant disability, even death. It must not be forgotten that rheumatoid arthritis is a SYSTEMIC disease, the most basic manifestation being malaise and fatigue. But there can also be significant inflammation of a variety of organ systems, particularly in those patients who are rheumatoid factor positive. Such patients also, in general, suffer from more severe arthritis and often have nodules. Rheumatoid nodules develop in about 50% of people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, and most of these patients are rheumatoid factor positive. Another extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis involving the skin is vasculitis. Sjogren's syndrome can cause dry mouth and dry eyes, common in rheumatoi...
Take it from me... eye allergies aren't much fun. Mine manifest in crazy ways, with symptoms in only one eye at a time, but not always the same eye, with sudden onset due to no particular trigger exposure, etc. One summer, severe eye allergy symptoms led to a corneal abrasion that I think my eye doctor still believes was due to wearing contact lenses too long. He never did buy my claim that I hadn't had my contacts in for weeks before the injury.
If you have eye allergies, you probably know what I'm talking about. Your eyes burn, pump out tears and mucus for hours on end, itch and turn red and swollen. Your eyes may also be sensitive to light and your vision blurred. And then for days after those symptoms subside, the skin around your eyes remains irritated, scaly and painful due to the eye secretions it was exposed to. Yuck!
Why does this happen? Well, in all likelihood, it's due to the same triggers that start your sneezing, sniffling, and wheezing if you have na...
Alternative Names Ophthalmalgia; Pain - eye References Wright JL, Wightman JM. Red and painful eye. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 32. Rubenstein JB, Virasch V. Conjunctivitis: infectious and noninfectious. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology . 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 4.6. Rubenstein JB, Virasch V. Allergic conjunctivitis. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology . 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 4.7.
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