I've had RA for about fourteen years and have been taking Methotraxate for most of that time. am doing well and have continued to work as a childminder. I'm not often Ill ( considering the many runny noses/coughs that I deal with on a daily basis!) but on the last two occasions that I have had a cold I find it hangs about for three to four weeks with me feeling more and more unwell and ends up with me getting an infection. Yesterday I went to the GP because my finger was swollen and so painful with pus around the fingernail. I thought it might have been a splinter but it was because my immune system is impaired apparently. Nice doctor lanced my finger and squeezed yucky stuff out and I feel so much better today. Does this happen to anyone else?