How concerned are you with your susceptibility to infections?
By September 18 at 2:41 pm 241
I always heard that infections can be pretty serious with RA and it was not until I developed one myself that I realized how important being attentive to my health is. While my infection wasn’t as serious as it could have been, it still because a serious issue for me.
Since late May of this year, I have had several sinus and ear infections. I have also had a urinary tract infection as well as a kidney infection. Because I was accustomed to brushing off the significance of these infections, I thought nothing of my most recent infection. A mistake on my part because the fact is, I have never had this many infections in such a short period of time. My number is usually four to six per year.
About two weeks ago, I injured my left big toe. I lost the nail and there was some bleeding involved. I did not think much of it until two days later, my entire foot was swollen with pain radiating up my leg. That small cut created so much chaos and when I went into urgent care, the doctor told me as an RA patient I should be very concerned about infections. He told me that recent medical case reports have found that patients who take biological agents are at the highest risk for life threatening infections. Further, RA is the most influential factor to infect and increased mortality rates in RA have been, in part, due to infections.
My toe has healed since then but I am definitely more concerned about the role that my Humira plays my susceptibility to infection. I am very concerned with the number of infections I had and their severity. Who would have thought a cut could wreak so much havoc? This is also an issue I plan to discuss at my next appointment with my rheumatologist.
Since being on biological agents (such as Humira, Enbrel, etc.), have you had more infections than you did in the past? What has been their severity? How concerned are you with your susceptibility to infections?