Arthritis can cause varying degrees of inflammation, so one of the early symptoms is swelling in the joints. This usually occurs in the joints that are also painful to the touch. Inflammation and swelling generally occur in spurts, often referred to as flare-ups, and these can last anywhere from a few days to a week or longer. As arthritis worsens, these episodes occur on a much more frequent basis, and they may also last longer. There are many over-the-counter medications to help with the swelling, and a physician may prescribe anti-inflammatories, as well.
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