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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Reactive Arthritis (Overview)

An inflammatory condition that occurs after exposure to certain digestive and urinary infections, especially chlamydia, salmonella, shigella.


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What are the symptoms of reactive arthritis?

What are the symptoms of reactive arthritis?

Multiple system: The signs and symptoms of reactive arthritis generally start one to three weeks after exposure to a triggering infection.
Musculoskeletal, joint pain, usually in your knees, ankles and feet, heel pain, pain and swelling at the back of your ankle, swollen toes or fingers, which may look like sausage, pain in your low back.
Urinary symptoms, burninig durind urination, eyes, mouth and skinconjectivitis. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
32 Doctors shared insights

Reactive Arthritis (Overview)

An inflammatory condition that occurs after exposure to certain digestive and urinary infections, especially chlamydia, salmonella, shigella.


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I am developing severe inflammatory pain in the neck overnight. I am hla  b 27+ and have a diagnosis of chronic reactive arthritis. Possible diagnosi?

I am developing severe inflammatory pain in the neck overnight. I am hla  b 27+ and have a diagnosis of chronic reactive arthritis. Possible diagnosi?

Ankylosing spondylit: 9 in every 10 patients with ankylosing spondylitis have hla-b27 +
people who carry the hla-b27 gene have a higher risk of developing the disease. However, the risk for those carrying the gene is still very small. About 80 in every 1, 000 people in the general population carry the gene, but only 2 to 5 in every 1, 000 people have the disease. Discuss further with your doctor ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Engage in regular, low-impact cardiovascular exercise
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Take a Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement
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Does anybody know about reactive arthritis cause?

Does anybody know about reactive arthritis cause?

Yes: It is thought to be due to the immune system becoming overactive and misguided after it responds to an infection. ...Read more

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Ask your doctor to adjust your medication if you experience breakthrough flares
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Learn to differentiate osteoarthritis pain from a rheumatoid flare
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Take medications as prescribed
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Living with Psoriatic Arthritis (Checklist)

Maintain contact with your rheumatologist to guide your treatment
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Maintain a healthy lifestyle
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Go to the National Psoriasis Foundation for more support
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What is the best treatment for reactive arthritis?

What is the best treatment for reactive arthritis?

Depends on duration: Let's assume that the infection that caused reactive arthritis has been treated (without this, very difficult to treat symptoms).

If joint symptoms less than several months (<6 mths), usually start with nsaids (i.e. Naproxen, diclofenac) for a few weeks. Some with resistant arthritis can have steroid joint injections.

For >6 mths, sulfasalazine or Methotrexate is used. Sometimes anti-tnf therapy. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for reactive arthritis?

What are the best treatments for reactive arthritis?

There are two factor: The goal of treatment is to manage your symptoms and treat any underlying bacterial infections that may still be present. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to eliminate the bacterial infection that triggered your reactive arthritis if it's still detectable in your body. For your arthritis signs and symptoms, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, tumor necrosis factor. ...Read more

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Can reactive arthritis (such as reiter's syndrome) flare up years or even decades after a an ngu infection many, many years ago?

Can reactive arthritis (such as reiter's syndrome) flare up years or even decades after a an ngu infection many, many years ago?

Absolutely!: Most people acquiring reactive arthritis have a genetic susceptibility to get this arthritis. It can flare with either reinfection or another infen re-flarwe reative arthritis. See someone in rheumatology.Ction. There are many organisms which ca. ...Read more

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What is reactive arthritis?

What is reactive arthritis?

Self-limited form: Reactive arthritis (previously called reiter's disease) is a self-limited arthritis that develops as an autoimmune response to an infection (some diarrheal infections, some sexually transmitted infections, some respiratory infections).Very painful swollen joints, sometimes with eye inflammation (uveitis), and urethral inflammation (can hurt to urinate). Treated with nsaids like Ibuprofen or naproxen. ...Read more

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How can someone get reactive arthritis?

How can someone get reactive arthritis?

Infection!: Reactive arthritis is usually caused by venereal infection with chlamydia and some other agents, or GI infection with salmonella, yersinia, and other organisms. However, systemic infectionscan do this as well - lyme disease! reactive arthritis has even been described as coming from the most common infection causing acne! ...Read more

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What can be done about reactive arthritis?

What can be done about reactive arthritis?

The goal of the: Treatment is to manage your symptoms and treat any underlying bacterial infections that may still be present
antibiotic to eliminate bacterial infection that triggered your reactive arthritis
for the arthritis we could use
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory or
corticosteroids
ortumor necrosis factor (tnf) blockers
and physical therapy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of reactive arthritis?

Multiple system: The signs and symptoms of reactive arthritis generally start one to three weeks after exposure to a triggering infection.
Musculoskeletal, joint pain, usually in your knees, ankles and feet, heel pain, pain and swelling at the back of your ankle, swollen toes or fingers, which may look like sausage, pain in your low back.
Urinary symptoms, burninig durind urination, eyes, mouth and skinconjectivitis. ...Read more

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Does anybody know about reactive arthritis cause?

Yes: It is thought to be due to the immune system becoming overactive and misguided after it responds to an infection. ...Read more

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Is reactive arthritis symmetric or asymmetric or what?

Is reactive arthritis symmetric or asymmetric or what?

Both: It can be either. Typically it starts as asymmetric. If it continues and becomes additive with additional joints effected then will likely become symmetric. ...Read more

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Have been diagnosed with reactive arthritis. What to do?

Have been diagnosed with reactive arthritis. What to do?

REACTIVE ARTHRITIS: Hello ~ reactive arthritis is a type of rheumatoid arthritis that follows after an STD like chlamydia infection in some cases. Please see you have had a full panel of tests for STD and full treatment if any are current and then use the meds prescribed for arthritis (anti-inflammatories) and f/u per recommendation of a Rheumatologist. Thanks ...Read more

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Please define what "post streptoccal reactive arthritis is?

Please define what "post streptoccal reactive arthritis is?

Pain after strep: A few weeks after a strep infection (usually "strep throat"), some people will develop severe pain in one or more of their larger joints (knees, elbows, wrists...). These pains go away in time, only to reappear elsewhere. Persons who are having such symptoms should see a doctor to be sure they are not suffering from rheumatic fever instead -- a similar but probably separate condition. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: reactive arthritis?

What is the definition or description of: reactive arthritis?

An inflammatory dis.: An inflammatory condition that occurs after exposure to certain digestive and urinary infections, especially chlamydia, salmonella, shigella. The infection occurs 1-4 weeks before arthritis develops. It causes fever, arthritis affecting the larger joints or spine, also conjunctivitis and skin lesions. It is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids (cortisone-like), or other medications. ...Read more

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What's the difference between still's disease and reactive arthritis?

What's the difference between still's disease and reactive arthritis?

Maybe none!: If we do not know the infectious trigger, jia or still's in adults or children are therefore not caslled reactive arthritis. My personal belief is that they are all reactive arthritities. Children do not develop rheumatoid arthritis, unless usally females after puberty. ...Read more

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Explain reiter's disease / reactive arthritis?

Explain reiter's disease / reactive arthritis?

Joint, entheses dz: Reactive arthritis (formerly known as reiter's syndrome) is an uncommon (<0.01%) inflammatory arthritic condition preceded by an infection, usually in the gastrointestinal (i.E diarrhea) or genitourinary (i.e. Uti) tracts. Specific bacterial have been linked to this disease.

Rheumatologists call this disease a spondylarthropathy, affecting both joints and entheses primarily. ...Read more

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What is reiter's syndrome aka reactive arthritis?

What is reiter's syndrome aka reactive arthritis?

Joint, entheses dz: Reactive arthritis (formerly known as reiter's syndrome) is an uncommon (<0.01%) inflammatory arthritic condition preceded by an infection, usually in the gastrointestinal (i.E diarrhea) or genitourinary (i.e. Uti) tracts. Specific bacterial have been linked to this disease.

Rheumatologists call this disease a spondylarthropathy, affecting both joints and entheses primarily. ...Read more

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How canI distinguish between still's disease and reactive arthritis?

Different illness: Each has similarities but also differences. They can have arthritis but different types of arthritis; rashes, but different types of rashes; different types of lab reports. A rheumatologist can help clarify which you have. ...Read more

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Please tell me recommendations for getting over reiter's syndrome or reactive arthritis completely?

Please tell me recommendations for getting over reiter's syndrome or reactive arthritis completely?

Follow docs advise: Reuters or reactive arthritis so often self limiting and treated with anti inflammatory medications for a period of time it may become more chronic in nature in which case differing therapies, similar to those for rheumatoiD arthritis may be used. Certainly if thee is still an active infection present it should be treated with appropriate antibiotics ...Read more

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I am going through a second bout of reactive arthritis in a year. Is there anything I can do to speed the recovery time of this second bout.

I am going through a second bout of reactive arthritis in a year. Is there anything I can do to speed the recovery time of this second bout.

Need more info: You mention you have a "reactive arthritis". That term is often used if there is an arthritis reaction to an infection. Other than cellulitis have you had any other infections? Salmonella food exposure? Any sexually transmitted infections? Was the exact bacterial cause of your cellulitis identified? The exact type of infection/what caused it does have a bearing on how best to treat. More info! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more