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Short Communication - Journal of Clinical Respiratory Medicine (2023) Volume 7, Issue 2

The Impact of Biologic Therapies on Respiratory Symptoms in Arthritis Patients

Yuma Sekiya*

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Yuma Sekiya
Department of Respiratory Medicine
Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine
Nagoya, Japan

Received: 02-Mar-2023, Manuscript No. AAJCRM-23-96449; Editor assigned: 04-Mar-2023, PreQC No. AAJCRM-23-96449(PQ); Reviewed: 18-Mar-2023, QC No. AAJCRM-23-96449; Revised: 22-Mar-2023, Manuscript No. AAJCRM-23-96449 (R); Published: 29-Mar-2023, DOI: 10.35841/aajcrm-7.2.137

Citation: Sekiya Y. The impact of biologic therapies on respiratory symptoms in arthritis patients. J Clin Resp Med. 2023;7(2):137

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Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a leading cause of disability and can significantly impact the quality of life of those affected. One of the less commonly known but important aspects of arthritis is its effect on the respiratory system. In this article, we will explore the relationship between arthritis and respiratory medicine. Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, with the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While arthritis primarily affects the joints, it can also have systemic effects, impacting other organs and systems of the body, including the respiratory system.


Respiratory symptoms in arthritis patients can be a cause of concern and can affect the mood of the patient's condition. Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints, and it can also affect other parts of the body, including the respiratory system. Some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can cause inflammation in the lungs, leading to symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain. These symptoms can be distressing for the patient, leading to anxiety, depression, and a reduced quality of life [1].

In addition, arthritis patients may already be dealing with pain, fatigue, and other symptoms related to their condition, making respiratory symptoms even more challenging to manage. This can further impact the mood of the patient's condition, leading to feelings of frustration, helplessness, and hopelessness. It is important for arthritis patients to seek medical attention for respiratory symptoms, as early intervention can help prevent complications and improve outcomes. In addition, managing arthritis symptoms with medication, exercise, and other lifestyle changes can also help improve overall mood and well-being [2].

Respiratory involvement in arthritis can occur due to several reasons. Firstly, the inflammation that occurs in the joints can also affect the lungs, causing a condition called Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). ILD is a group of lung diseases that cause scarring and inflammation of the lung tissue, making it difficult to breathe. Rheumatoid arthritis is particularly associated with ILD, with up to 30% of patients developing this condition. Secondly, arthritis medications can also impact the respiratory system. Methotrexate, a commonly used medication for rheumatoid arthritis, can cause lung damage, leading to a condition called methotrexate-induced lung injury. Other medications, such as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and biologic agents, can also affect the respiratory system and cause breathing difficulties [3].

Thirdly, the joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis can also impact breathing. For example, people with arthritis in their hands may struggle with breathing exercises, leading to reduced lung function. Additionally, the pain associated with arthritis can cause people to avoid physical activity, leading to decreased lung capacity. Given these potential respiratory complications, it is essential for people with arthritis to receive regular respiratory evaluations. This may include pulmonary function testing, chest imaging, and monitoring for respiratory symptoms. Early identification of respiratory complications can help prevent further lung damage and improve outcomes [4].

Additionally, there are several steps people with arthritis can take to improve their respiratory health. Quitting smoking is one of the most important things people can do to improve their lung function. Smoking is a significant risk factor for many respiratory conditions, including ILD, and can worsen arthritis symptoms. Physical activity is also important for respiratory health. While joint pain and stiffness may make it difficult to exercise, staying active is essential for maintaining lung function. Exercises such as walking, swimming, and cycling can all help improve lung capacity and reduce respiratory symptoms. Finally, it is important to work closely with healthcare providers to manage arthritis and its associated respiratory complications. This may involve a multidisciplinary approach, involving rheumatologists, pulmonologists, and respiratory therapists. By working together, healthcare providers can develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses both the joint and respiratory symptoms of arthritis [5].


In conclusion, arthritis is a chronic condition that can impact many aspects of a person's health, including the respiratory system. Respiratory complications associated with arthritis can be due to joint inflammation, medications, and joint pain and stiffness. Regular respiratory evaluations, quitting smoking, staying active and working closely with healthcare providers can all help improve respiratory health in people with arthritis. By addressing both the joint and respiratory symptoms of arthritis, people with this condition can maintain their quality of life and reduce the impact of this condition on their health.


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