Reiter's Syndrome Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
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:
Short-term bed rest to take strain off the joints
- 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
- 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:
- 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)
- Eye drops
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Reiter's Syndrome? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Reiter's Syndrome? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Reiter's Syndrome symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Reiter's Syndrome.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Reiter's Syndrome? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Reiter's Syndrome treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
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