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Festivals

Festival goers enjoy a concert at a music festivalStaying up late with your friends to watch your favourite bands and camping under the stars is a lot of fun.

It's important to keep safe at festivals, especially if you’re taking drugs for arthritis.

Preparing

Take your mobile with you. Lots of festivals have devices you can buy to recharge mobiles.

It’s advisable to tell at least one person you’re going with about your condition, the limitations it may have on you and the medication you’re on.

It’s very important to find out where the first aid post is, and if possible set up your tent close to it.

If your arthritis is bad in the days before the festival, it’s worth contacting your rheumatology team or GP to see if there's any additional therapy which would enable you to go.

Medication

Picture of a young man enjoying the view on a nice summer evening at a music festivalMake sure that you’ve taken your medication before you go, especially if you need to take a weekly injection.

If you need to take tablets with you, organise them before you go and take them in a safe container.

Some medicines and conditions make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Joint injections can cause skin changes and make the skin thinner at the site of the injection, so it can burn much more easily. Take care when out in the sun and use a high-factor sun cream.

Remember that some drugs for arthritis carry a serious warning to avoid alcohol and unprotected sex.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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