Managing FMF

Once your child has been diagnosed with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF), you should begin working with a doctor on a treatment plan that's right for your child.


While there is no cure for FMF, there are certain medicines that your child's doctor may recommend to relieve flares and other FMF symptoms.

Over-the-counter medicines

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Prescription medicines

  • Colchicine

  • Biologics



One type of biologic is ILARIS®, the only once-monthly biologic medicine that is FDA approved to treat FMF. Find out more about ILARIS and how it works to treat FMF.

Exercise in Children with FMF

Your child's healthcare team may consider adding light exercise to your child's FMF treatment plan. Exercise can help keep your child's joints flexible and may even help reduce pain.

In addition to building and keeping confidence in their physical abilities, exercise may also help children with FMF by:

  • Keeping joints flexible

  • Building muscle strength

  • Improving fitness

  • Increasing energy

  • Reducing pain

It's important to remember that intense physical activity can act as a trigger of FMF symptoms. So it's a good idea to ask your child's doctor about the activities that are best for your child.

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