Common Myths About Arthritis Debunked – 2
In our previous article, we debunked some myths and revealed some facts about arthritis. As explained before, it is really important to be completely sure about facts and not be duped by myths as this may not only endanger the lives of arthritis patients, but also can lead to isolation and depression. Here are a few more myths and actual facts about arthritis.
Myth 1: Tooth Infections Are Unrelated to Arthritis.
Fact: If you think the diseases of the gums and teeth remain in the mouth, think again! According to a renowned scientist, the bacteria present in the mouth due to a tooth infection can either inflict more pain for arthritis patients, or make a person more prone to get arthritis.
Myth 2: Citrus Foods Cause Inflammation.
Fact: Citrus foods do not cause inflammation. Yes, it is suggested that citrus foods should be avoided if a patient is suffering from arthritis, not because it causes inflammation, but because it may cause allergic reactions due to the medication. If patients are really keen on consuming citrus foods, they can request for a non-allergic medication prescription and can consume citrus without any side effects.
Myth 3: Coffee Causes Gout.
Fact: Gout, a disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, is truly a painful experience. It is often suggested that coffee should be avoided as it causes gout. On the contrary, coffee helps to reduce the chances of suffering from gout.
Myth 4: Smoking does not affect arthritis.
Fact: It is commonly known that smoking can be injurious to your health in various ways. Similarly, smoking also affects bone health. The poison that enters the body due to smoking kills the bacteria that protects the bones. This in turn could result in tremendous joint pain and arthritis.
Myth 5: Red Wine, the more the better!
Fact: It is true that intake of red wine does help to reduce inflammation and thus reduces the pain of arthritis patients. Moderate amount of red wine does play the role of anti-inflammation, but it is also found that if consumed excessively, red wine can result in pro-inflammation. As a form of precaution, always remember to consult your doctor before consuming red wine to ensure that alcohol does not interfere with your medication.
Myth 6: Minor Pain Is Alright.
Fact: People often tend to ignore small or minor pain felt in their joints. By simply downplaying their pain, they learn how to live with it and remain in denial. In doing so, the underlying condition is probably getting worse. This type of pain should not be ignored. If the pain occurs for more than 2-3 weeks, you should consult a doctor immediately. While not every joint pain results in arthritis, every condition of arthritis does start with some minor joint pain. Better safe than sorry. By spreading awareness about arthritis, we hope to reach out to all those patients who have lost hope and also to all those who can be saved from suffering further. For more myth busting, stay tuned! “Arthritis can slow you down, but it cannot stop you!”
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