Reiter's Syndrome Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Reiter's Syndrome treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Reiter's Syndrome

There is no cure for Reiter's syndrome. However, early treatment of the infection may slow or stop the course of the disease. Most patients recover from the initial episode within six months. But some develop a mild, chronic arthritis. Some patients suffer from additional bouts of the disorder.

Treatment aims to relieve symptoms and may include:

Bed Rest

Short-term bed rest to take strain off the joints


This includes:

  • Gentle range-of-motion to improve flexibility
  • Strengthening to build muscles that can better support the joints
  • Physical therapy with specific exercises to keep muscles strong and joints moving

Protecting the Joints

This includes:

  • Assistive devices as recommended by your doctor
  • Occupational therapy to learn how to take it easy on joints during daily activities


Your doctor may prescribe some of the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as:
    • Aspirin
    • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)
  • Steroid injections into the inflamed joint
  • Topical steroid creams applied to skin lesions
  • In some cases, antibiotics to treat the triggering infection
  • Immunosuppressive drugs (drugs that decrease the immune system's ability to function):
    • Azathioprine (Imuran)
    • Methotrexate
  • Eye drops


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