Still’s disease is a condition that’s similar to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, except it develops in adults. The cause of this rare inflammatory condition is unknown. But some theorize it’s triggered by a viral or bacterial infection.
Still’s disease presents with a unique combination of symptoms, marked by an afternoon or early evening high spiking fever that is teamed up with a salmon colored rash. The rash may be flat or bumpy or both.
Your high fever spike with rash only lasts for a short period. In between occurrences your temperature returns to normal. And your daily fever episodes, of at least 102 F, may carry on for days.
Besides a high fever spike with rash, you’ll likely experience some of these other symptoms:
Symptoms of Still’s disease are similar to other conditions, like:
Thus, a health care provider diagnosis is essential.
Still’s disease may be brought to you in a single episode, go through remission and flare up cycles or chronically worsen.
As Still’s disease progresses, your high fever with rash disappears. However, its advancement might fire up chronic arthritis and other health complications, such as:
Most complications from Still’s are caused by chronic inflammation of organs and joints.
Corticosteroid drugs lower your body’s resistance to infections and will increase your risk of developing osteoporosis. So check with your health care provider about taking supplements of calcium and vitamin D.
Keep moving because it maintains your range of motion, relieves pain and reduces stiffness, which are common symptom issues with Still’s disease.