Reactive arthritis is a process that occurs in the joints. An inflammatory reaction occurs when there are foci of chronic infection or poisoning in the body, intoxication with chemicals.
Reactive arthritis symptoms
With reactive arthritis, one or more joints become swollen and sore. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and ointments only relieve pain for a short time. The patient is forced to constantly use analgesics. In addition to joint pain, other symptoms may be disturbing. Since the disease belongs to the group of seronegative spondyloarthritis, it can be caused by enterobacteriaceae, chlamydial infections, mycoplasmas, and chronic respiratory diseases.
In case of inflammation and pain in the joints, it is necessary to consult a rheumatologist. The clinical picture of reactive arthritis may be obliterated. Reiter's syndrome, or skin lesions, colitis, urethritis are not always present. To make the correct diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe laboratory tests of blood and urine.
Reactive arthritis treatment
To effectively treat reactive arthritis, you need to get rid of the infection that caused the joint inflammation. The patient is prescribed antibiotics based on the identified infectious agent. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used only in the acute phase to relieve pain. For particularly severe forms of reactive arthritis, local administration of glucocorticosteroids to the affected joints is recommended. Treatment should be carried out until complete recovery. After the prescribed course of therapy, repeated laboratory blood tests are performed. If the infectious agent is not found, therapy is considered successful.