Understanding reactive arthritis
Arthritis is a very common disease; actually it affects the majority of adult population. Because there are many types of this disorder, only few sufferers actually understand its different kinds. Out of all those identified types, reactive arthritis is one of them.
It develops due to an infectious agent like some harmful bacteria. People suffering from it usually experience sharp pain, stiffness and swelling in joints, mostly the bigger ones like spine, ligaments and lower limbs.
To some degree, our body is usually able to handle infections by itself and we didn’t even notice that something was wrong. However, if we suffer from reactive arthritis for a longer time, our body is not able to deal with it and medical treatment is necessary.
One of the problem of this type of disorder is that is cause was not fully identified yet. Medical experts are not fully sure about the relation between the bacteria and arthritis. Basically almost every infection can stand behind reactive arthritis development.
Who are those most prone to suffer from reactive arthritis? Unlike other types, males of all ages are the most affected. In up to 20% of those who suffer from some bowel or genital infection reactive arthritis will develop. Also HIV/AIDS patients are other group with increased risk. What are the most common symptoms? Swollen and painful joints in knees, ankles and elbows are most prevalent. Genital ulcers and skin rashes are common as well.
When it comes to treatment of reactive arthritis, several anti-inflammatory drugs are available that will do the job. Among those widely used Naproxen Sodium, Celecoxib and Diclofenac are the most popular. All of these are used to treat acute inflammation.
Even though these medications can bring some relief and kill the pain, they are not treating the underlying cause, so they are used as a short-term fix or treatment and not long-term cure.
Because different infections stand behind reactive arthritis, antibiotics are necessary in order to successfully treat this condition. Many times bacteria known as Chlamydia stands behind it and because it can be passed on from a sexual partner than both of you have to undergo proper treatment process.
Besides from the medication mention above, all-natural herbal products such as Provailen are widely used to treat reactive arthritis. It helps to lower the pain minimum and treat the underlying cause. All the pain, inflammation and stiffness will be taken care of and you will be able to enjoy your life once again.