Reactive arthritis is a condition in which arthritis, or inflammation of the joints, develops as a result of an infection in other parts of the body.
Signs and symptoms of reactive arthritis include
- joint pain,
- swollen joints, and
- tender joints.
The immune reaction that causes reactive arthritis can also affect other organs, notably the eyes. Eye inflammation is an associated symptom along with inflammation of the skin, mouth, and other organs. Reactive arthritis is more frequent in men and in people 20-40 years of age.
Causes of reactive arthritis
An infection on the genital, urinary, or gastrointestinal systems by bacteria such as Chlamydia trachomatis, Shigella, Salmonella, or Campylobacter is most often the cause of reactive arthritis. Medical researchers believe the arthritis arises due to an activation of the immune system to the infection.
Other reactive arthritis symptoms and signs
- Eye Inflammation
- Joint Pain
- Mouth Inflammation
- Skin Inflammation
- Swollen Joints
- Tender Joints
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Examples of Medications for Reactive Arthritis Symptoms and Signs
- ColciGel (colchicinum 4X)
- grape seed extract
- indomethacin, Indocin, Indocin-SR (Discontinued Brand in U.S.)
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
- piroxicam, Feldene
- Side Effects of Feldene (piroxicam)
- sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)
- sulindac (Clinoril)
- tolmetin (Tolectin [Discontinued Brand])
- Types of Arthritis Medications