About Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or JRA, is often marked by swelling or stiffness in the wrists, fingers, knees or hips, the presence of a rash, and high fevers. Discover how JRA can become a temporary or chronic illness with help from a licensed RN in this free video on juvenile rheumatoid arthritis treatments.

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Hi. My name is Kayti Borsnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin Texas. Today I'm going to tell you about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or JRA. It affects about fifty thousand kids in the United States. Usually you can see symptoms anywhere from six months to sixteen years. Some of those initial symptoms you're going to see are either going to be really subtle or they're going to be pretty obvious. That's going to be some swelling or stiffness in the wrists, in the fingers, in the knees, in the hips. You might see your child limping. They are usually in a whole lot of pain. Another; another symptom is a rash. This sometimes, it will come all of a sudden and it'll be on one part of the body and then it'll disappear and then it'll show up very quickly in one area and then disappear. So, it's an appearing, disappearing, reappearing type rash. This can also be associated with high fevers that they have usually at night and there's nothing else to really correlate with that fever. So, this could be a good idea that; give you a good idea that your child might have JRA. Often times with JRA you might have two or three flare ups go to the doctors, get treatment for it and it go into remission for the rest of the child's life. Other times it becomes a chronic illness that needs to be managed. That's basically what juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is.

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