Reactive arthritis means that you develop inflammation in joints after you have had an infection in some other part of the body. For example, after a bad bout of diarrhoea you might develop a sore knee a couple of weeks later. Symptoms commonly last between a few weeks and a few months. Anti-inflammatory medicines usually ease the pain. Other treatments are sometimes needed. This is an unusual condition that would usually be managed by a specialist.
What is reactive arthritis?
Arthritis Curehow to Arthritis Cure for A lot of us get achy joints when we''s why we recover from infections. But sometimes your immune system goes into overdrive and accidentally tries to fight your own body. This is thought to be what happens in reactive arthritis: your body produces antibodies against your own joint. This makes it red, swollen and painful. There isn''s syndrome?
Reiter was a German doctor who was first to notice that some people had joint inflammation (arthritis), infection of the urethra (urethritis) and inflammation of the front of the eye (conjunctivitis) at the same time. This triad of symptoms became known as Reiter''s syndrome has stuck and:
- Some people use the term Reiter''s syndrome only when the three classical symptoms of arthritis, urethritis and conjunctivitis occur.
- Some people use the term Reiter''s Information Standard.
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