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Reactive arthritis - symptoms, causes, treatment

Reactive arthritis is a group of nuggetdiseases of the joints, in which they become inflamed due to infection in the body. At the same time, there is no infection in the joint, and the disease develops as a response of the organism to the infection as a whole.

Reactive arthritis - causes

The cause is a variety of harmful microorganisms that act in the nasopharynx, gastrointestinal tract or urogenital tract.

Most often, reactive arthritis is provoked by cocci, herpetic infections, chlamydia, dysentery, Klebsiella and Salmonella.

The disease can develop against a background of nonspecific colitis, Whipple's disease or Crohn's disease.

Another possible reason is vaccination.


A few weeks before the onset of the illness, the patient could have an intestinal disorder, acute respiratory disease, painful urination, or was vaccinated.

The reactive arthritis always begins very sharply: swollen and aching joints (most often the joints of the legs), the temperature rises. A few days later, the damage to the joints spreads upward.

The pain is felt both during movement and in a calm state. The temperature around the joint rises, it is painful to touch it. The mobility of the joint is reduced, especially in the mornings.

Clinical picture

In addition to pain in the joints, the spine can hurt in patients, extraarticular lesions of the skin and mucous membrane are noted, there are constant inflammatory reactions, urogenital infections.

Reactive arthritis very often manifests itself in the form of Reiter's disease. The peculiarity of this disease is that, in parallel with the pains in the joints, there is a lesion of the eyes and a bladder infection.


Usually reactive arthritis is treated in three ways.

  1. Treatment of an infectious focus. To do this, prescribe a course of antibiotics, very often tetracycline group for a long time.
  2. Treatment of direct inflammation of the joints. For this, the doctor can prescribe any anti-inflammatory drugs from the group of non-steroids. If the body is not enough, they can prescribe injections of adrenal hormones intra-articularly.
  3. Rehabilitation of the functioning of damaged joints. This is a physical exercise and various kinds of physiotherapy.

If a patient has been diagnosed with reactive arthritis, treatment with folk remedies can also help successfully. We will cite several folk recipes aimed at alleviating inflammation and improving immunity.

"With the help of honey."

It is taken on a teaspoonful after eating for a long time. This will help restore immunity and suppress the foci of infection.

- With the help of juices.

It is necessary to drink a mixture of beet, carrot and apple juices (1 cup of this mixture) with the addition of a dessert spoon of ginger juice.

- With the help of bay leaves

Mix 100 grams of dried laurel leaves and a liter of water. Boil for 5 minutes, then insist for half a day. Every day you need to prepare a fresh broth to drink it for 4 meals.

- With the help of pine syrup

Put a pine bud and sugar in a 1 liter jarlayers of two centimeters, how many fit. Wrap up and leave to insist for a week in a warm room. This syrup can not only drink a few teaspoons a day, but also use as compresses on the aching joints.

- With the help of anti-inflammatory drugs

It is necessary to brew any herbal remedy against inflammation, and drink it for a long period of time.

To make reactive arthritis as easy as possible,it is necessary to do simple articular gymnastics to preserve mobility and functionality. In severe cases, the doctor can recommend the use of crutches to relieve the knee joints and avoid pain and deformity.

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