Managing a Flare of Inflammatory Arthritis

A flare up of inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis) happens when you develop worsening inflammation in your joints. Sometimes simple self-management techniques over a few days will be enough to settle the flare. However, if your symptoms are severe, not improving, or you are getting frequent flares then it is important that you seek medical help, as uncontrolled inflammation can lead to damage of your joints.


How will I know if I am having a flare of my arthritis?

You may notice the following symptoms:


What can I do to improve my symptoms?

Self management advice:


I have tried the above self-management measures but I have ongoing symptoms, what do I do know?


If you have ongoing symptoms despite the above measures you should seek medical help by either: