The symptoms of reactive arthritis usually developwithin four weeks of an infection.
In most cases, reactive arthritis follows a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia , or abowel infection such as food poisoning .
The three parts of the body most commonly affected by reactive arthritisare the:
However, most people won't experience problems inall of these areas.
Reactive arthritis usually involves inflammation of the joints ( arthritis ) and tendons, which can cause:
See your GP if you have any swollen and painful joints, especially if you have recently had diarrhoea or problems passing urine.
Reactive arthritis can sometimes alsoinvolve inflammation of the urethra ( non-gonococcal urethritis ), which is the tube that carries urine out of the body. Symptoms of urethritis caninclude:
Reactive arthritis may occasionallyinvolve inflammation of the eyes ( conjunctivitis ). Symptoms of conjunctivitis caninclude:
In rare cases, a type of uveitis called iritis can develop.Iritis can cause the eyes to becomepainful, red and sensitive to light.See your doctor or an eye specialist as soon as possible if you have these symptoms.
Reactive arthritis can also cause symptoms, including:
Reactive arthritis, formerly known as Reiter's syndrome, is a condition that causes inflammation (redness and swelling) in various places in the body.
The symptoms of reactive arthritis usually develop within four weeks of an infection.
It's not known exactly what causes reactive arthritis, but it's thought to be the result of the immune system reacting to an infection.