One of my octogenarians stated that the “Itis” family was a problematic bunch and Arthur Itis (arthritis) was the worst of the bunch. After I stopped laughing and regained my composure, I realized that he was right and that I should share her wisdom with you.

The Itises are many. This time of year we see rhinitis, sinusitis, and bronchitis just to name a few. Of course, my patient’s arthritis is seen year-round and tends to become more problematic with age.  Frankly, all of the Itis family can be nasty and most need to be dealt with sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately, most of my patients put up with the Itises too long and allow them to entrench themselves in the body where many of them proceed in wreaking havoc. If you are plagued by Arthur or any of his extended family, see your doc and learn how to get rid of them and stop them from coming back. Arthur Itis indeed may be the nastiest of the bunch, and, while we may not be able remove him, at least we can contain him and limit the damage he is likely to cause.

Out of the mouth of octogenarians comes great wisdom.

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