Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Importance of Bug Bite Prevention

Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Importance of Bug Bite Prevention

Preventing tick and mosquito bites, and the problems they may trigger, is key when you have RA. Usually an insect bite is an annoyance at its worst. But in certain instances, mosquitoes, ticks, and bees can cause big problems. And when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you want to prevent the added complication of an insect bite–related health issue. “Most insect bites are harmless, but local reactions and infections can be more common in those who are immunocompromised, so RA patients who require immunocompromising drugs, such as injectable biologic agents or steroids, should take special care to avoid insect bites,”...

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