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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Viral Arthritis

Viral Arthritis is a viral infection which commonly occurs in children and is often a consequence of mumps, measles, or Hepatitis B and can even happen after the child was vaccinated against Rubella.

Other diseases which could also cause viral arthritis are the Entero and Dengue virus, Hepatitis C, HIV, and the human parvovirus. So far, there is no knowledge of what the risk factors could be, or how to prevent viral arthritis.

Although it causes painful, swollen joints and mild inflammation, it should be only temporary and disappear on its own within a few days or weeks. It usually doesn't cause any damage, but that may not always be the case; there is always the possibility of permanent joint damage.

To determine if viral arthritis is at the root of the joint pain and swelling, physical exams, blood work and, in rare occasions, removal of some of the fluid of the affected joint for further testing may be done.

As soon as viral arthritis is diagnosed, pain medication, antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory may be prescribed which will bring some relief of the pain and eliminate the infection. In more severe cases, fluids from the swollen joints may be taken out to easy the pain.

It is wise to see a doctor if the infection persists for more then a few weeks and get some medication. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but once the damage is done, even a pound wouldn't do it anymore.

Sometimes, our lives can take a turn for the worst, but it is a consolation knowing God is always with us and watching out for us. He will always provide a cure, but most importantly; He is the cure!

Psalm 35:9
And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; It shall rejoice in His salvation.

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