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What is reactive arthritis?

Barbara Allan
Health Education Specialist

Reactive arthritis is arthritis that develops in response to an infection. The most common type of infections that trigger reactive arthritis are Salmonella, Shigella, Clamydia, and Yersinia. The first two are cause food poisoning. The latter two are STDs. Other types of bacterial infection are also capable of triggering reactive arthritis.

Reactive arthritis will often disappear within 3 months of the initial infection, but will sometimes go on for years, long after the infection that triggered it has disappeared.

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