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What is Good for Inflammation?

familial mediterranean fever

Swelling is the body’s way of saying we’ve got problems here, and the intention is to make it very clear that whatever it is that has gone wrong isn’t to be ignored. The bump from an insect bite might be an exception, but if it’s swollen it needs to be seen to. Sprained ankles and the like will heal, but one condition that is not among common genetic disorders is familial Mediterranean fever. It’s rare, however a major concern because the inflammation is in the abdomen and lungs to go along with the joint inflammation. Colchicine is a Mediterranean fever treatment medication to relieve the chronic pain.

The first question a lot of people will have been, “why it is referred to as “familial Mediterranean fever?”” It is not often that people have more of a propensity for something based on their genealogy, but this condition is one of them. Familial Mediterranean fever runs in families, and particularly with ethnic groups who are from the Mediterranean region. Jews, Assyrians, Armenians, Levantines, Turks, Greeks, and Italians. Cyprus is the island gem of the Mediterranean, and maybe we can include Cypriots in the list of regions where the locals likely have more of a chance of developing it.

Back to the fever itself, it’s caused by a gene mutation and that’s why it’s something people will inherit from their parents. In addition to running a fever, the joint inflammation is very similar to what people with gout will experience. It is inflammation of peritonitis (abdominal lining) and the lining around the lungs that is most bothersome for people, but there is some solace in the fact it’s not ongoing chest and stomach pains. It is recurrent though, and when it comes on it can really be intense.

Let’s look at familial Mediterranean fever in greater detail, including the symptoms of it and what sort of treatment options there are to go along with using effective anti-inflammatory medications.

Right Side of 20

A lot of people aren’t particularly keen to leave their teenage years, and for many that’s when life starts getting much more serious. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, but if you’re of Mediterranean or Middle East ancestry then one reason to be pleased with moving into your 2nd decade is most people who develop familial Mediterranean fever do so before they are 20, and 75% of people were 10 or younger when they had their first episode.

Those episodes usually last for a few days, and in worse cases, the abdominal pain can be so strong all the person can do it curl up in bed. Chest pain from Mediterranean fever can be so intense that it can interfere with normal breathing. Equally as bad can be the telltale ankle / feet rashes that come with this condition. That can be a problem too, and especially if you’re a member of the Armenian ski team. Can’t imagine it’s tolerable to be in ski boots with a, but if you like rooting for underdogs the story of Armenian skier Arman Serebrakian’s journey to the Sochi 2014 Olympics is a good one.

Serebrakian is now a doctor after studying at Temple University in Philadelphia, and as such we can assume he has at least some familiarity with familial Mediterranean fever and may even know some fellow Armenians who have it running in their families. Muscle pain in the legs can be among familial Mediterranean fever symptoms too, but let’s shift to how it is treated and why that treatment is important.

Key Ally

Colchicine really is the number one key ally for people dealing with familial Mediterranean fever, and it’s one of the medication where you can pay less when ordering the medication online from Canada. The standard dosage is one tablet 2x per day while experiencing an episode. It’s important to keep in mind that missing doses can mean that episodes intensify again. Mediterranean fever treatment may also include use of an OTC NSAID anti inflammatory like Voltaren but this is only effective for the join pain of it.

For the ankle and foot rash you can try any of the many home rash treatment remedies and this may be a good choice to combine with your use of Colcrys to treat familial Mediterranean fever. We started off talking about how swelling means whatever it is isn’t to be ignored, and with this genetic inflammatory condition there are specific reasons why that is also true. Organ damage, kidney failure, arthritis, and infertility for females are the primary complication risks for untreated familial Mediterranean fever.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.


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