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Monday, June 08, 2009

Reiter's Syndrome - Reactive arthritis

Reiter's Syndrome, also known as Reactive Arthritis, causes inflammation in the larger joints. It manifests itself by producing heat in the joints, pain, swelling, redness.

This form of Arthritis is categorized under the family name Spondylarthropathies. It mainly affects the spine and usually the joints of the spine and sacroiliac joints. It can affect other joints as well, like the ones in arms and legs.

Besides inflammation of the joints, there are other symptoms which are common for this type of Arthritis. It can affect the urinary tract and eyes and cause fever, weight loss, skin rash, ulcers on the skin and in the mouth, inflammation and pain.

There is no particular cause that can be held accountable for developing Reiter's Syndrome. Studies have shown tough that it occurs mostly in people with a special gene marker called HLA-B27 and therefore can be genetically passed on.

Infections of the intestines, genital or urinary tract, can result in developing Reiter's Syndrome. Eating foods which are contaminated with salmonella, causing inflammation of the intestinal tract, is also one of the culprits which can result in this kind of Arthritis. It also seems that young white men between the ages of 20 and 40 are the ones who are mainly at risk of developing Reiter's.

Physical exams, testing for the HLA-B27 gene and any abnormal alteration or change of the skin are included in diagnosing Reiter's. People suffering from this disease can have flare ups that can last from three to six months. They are usually followed by symptom free periods.

There is no remedy for Reiter's Syndrome. The consequences are being treated with medications prescribed by different specialists as the symptoms occur; NSAIDs, eye drops, topical skin creams and antibiotics.

Physical therapy consisting of specific exercises will strengthen the muscles and prevent the joints from stiffening up. Occupational therapists can provide people with arthritis with helpful tips and information on how to reduce strain on their joints, while doing everyday activities.

These solutions are also very beneficial for any other type of Arthritis; strong muscles will relieve your joints and make it easier to cope with this disease.

Being strengthened by God's word is beneficial for everyone; a strong faith will relieve the mind and heart and makes it easier to cope with daily concerns and problems.

Ephesians 3:16
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,


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