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.
Auto-immune disease. An autoimmune disease that develops as a response to an infection, typically causing red, hot, swollen, and painful joints but can also involve other body parts.

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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...

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...

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...
Pain and swelling. A reactive arthritis often follows a GI infection and is associated with the presence of a positive blood test for the hla-b27 antigen. It is usually a large joint arthritis which most commonly affects the lower extremities (knees, ankles) with swelling and pain. Read more...

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...

What is the treatment of reactive arthritis? I took an antibiotic course and now having pain in knee and heel.

NSAIDs or steroids. Reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs after an infection, most commonly a gastrointestinal or genitourinary infection. The arthritis is not caused by bacteria in your joints, but rather by an abnormal immune response. That is the reason why symptoms can persist, even after the infection is eradicated. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, NSAIDs or steroids could be used. Read more...

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...