What is Reactive Arthritis?

Reactive arthritis is a complication of some bacterial infections including those caused by Salmonella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, and Shigella. It causes painful swelling of the joints, redness and inflammation of the eyes and urinary tract inflammation that causes painful urination.

Symptoms of reactive arthritis usually develop between one and four weeks after the initial infection and last for three to 12 months. In rare cases, the symptoms can develop into a long-term disease. Less common symptoms include skin rashes and  mouth ulcers.

Some people are more likely than others to develop reactive arthritis. Scientists have  identified a genetic marker, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) B27, that is an indicator for reactive arthritis. Unlike the bacterial infections that can led to it, relative arthritis cannot be transmitted through person-to-person contact.

Doctors diagnose reactive arthritis by examining  your joints and eyes. Sometimes the diagnostic process includes blood tests, joint fluid tests and imaging. The treatment goal is to manage symptoms and control any lingering infection.

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