Antibiotics Might Increase Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

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Antibiotics might be meant to eliminate harmful bacteria, but they might also be contributing to the rise of chronic autoimmune conditions, especially the development of rheumatoid arthritis. It is a condition which affects the joints by causing swelling, pain, and stiffness.

The paper, published in the BMC Medicine journal, aimed to study the association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the use of antibiotics and was a nested case-control study. It examined patients for previous antibiotic usage and the onset of RA. It revealed that the chances of developing RA amongst those who have used antibiotics were 60% more when compared to groups who were not exposed to antibiotics.

Within this, the study observes, patients treated with antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections were at a higher risk of RA. Additionally, antiviral and antifungal prescriptions could also increase the risk of RA onset.

This research cites the possibility that such RA development might be due to the alterations in the gut microbiota caused by antibiotics. However, further studies are required to establish these connections.

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Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India and is currently pursuing an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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