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People with rheumatoid arthritis may develop lung problems

A man and woman coughing and blowing nose to represent lung problemsAccording to the Arthritis Foundation, almost ten percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) will also develop interstitial lung disease (ILD), or scarring of lung tissues. In addition, people living with RA are at an increased risk of developing these lung problems:

  • bronchiectasis (damage to the airways)
  • bronchiolitis obliterates (inflammation in small bronchial tubes)
  • pleural effusion (a buildup of fluid between the lung and chest wall)
  • pleurisy (fluid outside of the lung)
  • pulmonary fibrosis (scarring)
  • pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
  • pulmonary nodules (small growths in the lungs)

In some cases, RA can even affect the vocal cords, causing hoarseness or shortness of breath. Here are some tips from Everyday Health that may help you maintain your lung health, while living with RA: Continue reading