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Reactive arthritis is joint inflammation that is caused by an infection somewhere else in the body. Inflammation often affects the knee, ankle, and foot joints. It may affect other parts of the body as well.
Symptoms of reactive arthritis may last for several months and then go away completely. In some cases, symptoms may go away and then come back. Reactive arthritis can also become a long-term (chronic) illness.
The exact reason why reactive arthritis develops is not known.
Symptoms that affect the eyes and skin, such as sores or blurred vision, often go away without treatment.
Managing pain, stiffness, and swelling
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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