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Reactive Arthritis

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Last updated June 11, 2022

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What is reactive arthritis?

Reactive arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the joints become inflamed, causing pain and swelling. It is often triggered by an infection, often a gastrointestinal, gential, or urinary infection. Illnesses such as chlamydia and urethritis can cause it. In reactive arthritis, the large joints of the legs and the sacroiliac joints are most often affected. You may also have conjunctivitis.

It can last up to six months to a year.

Symptoms

Treatment

You should consider visiting a healthcare provider in the next two weeks to discuss your symptoms. Your provider will look at your medical history, and may request blood tests and imaging. Once diagnosed, it can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, such as nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve). Your doctor will make sure you don’t have any lingering bacterial infection that needs to be treated.

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Dr. Rothschild has been a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently practices as a hospitalist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. In 1978, Dr. Rothschild received his MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and trained in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in critical care medicine. He also received an MP...
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