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Rheumatoid arthritis

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After hip replacement, will I always need antibiotics before dental work?

A: Possibly not. It was previously recommended that all people who'd had joint replacement surgery take antibiotics before dental procedures to prevent infection. This recommendation, known as prophylactic antibiotics, was a broad recommendation that's no longer in place. In fact, the American Dental Association released guidelines in 2015 stating that, for most people, prophylactic antibiotics should not be recommended before dental procedures... Read More

Should I worry about long-term use of prednisone?

A: It's true that corticosteroids such as prednisone can cause a range of side effects. But they may also relieve the inflammation and pain — as well as prevent or control tissue damage — of many different diseases and conditions, including severe allergies, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and other inflammatory conditions. Often, the side... Read More