Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an immune system disorder which affects the joints, the hands, and wrists. Common symptoms include pain in the joints (sometimes unbearable), swelling, and fever. These symptoms may develop over a period of time, usually months. This disease can cause inflammation around the heart, lungs, and lowering of the RBC count (Red blood cells).
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common disease found among people between 40 and 60 years of age. It is more commonly found in women. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive autoimmune disease. Studies have shown that both genetics and environmental factors play major roles as the causative agents of this disease.People with a family history of rheumatoid arthritis should avoid smoking cigarettes and consuming alcoholic beverages.