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Rheumatoid Nodules – An Overview

What Are Rheumatoid Nodules?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune condition that leads to pain and inflammation in the joints. It commonly affects the feet, hands, and wrists. Approximately 25 percent of those with rheumatoid arthritis develop rheumatoid nodules, which are firm growths under the skin. They are mostly harmless and not contagious. While pain may happen, these lumps are typically not tender. The risk is higher in those who are in advanced stages of rheumatoid arthritis or who cannot manage the symptoms. Certain nodules would grow bigger, while others may disappear over time. It is possible to know how they will change. [1]