infectious Arthritis Symptoms, Risk Factors, & Treatment

Definition

Infectious arthritis develops due to an infection in the joints, and it can be extremely painful. The condition develops when organisms travel from a site of infection somewhere else body via the bloodstream to one or several joints. Infectious arthritis can also occur when an injury or wound penetrates the skin and allows infective organisms to invade the joints directly.

People most likely to develop infectious arthritis include infants and elderly people. Joints in the knees and hips are most commonly affected by infectious arthritis. Because joint infections can very quickly lead to severe cartilage and bone destruction, prompt treatment is vitally important.   

The symptoms of infectious arthritis include:

  • Extreme pain in the affected joint
  • Stiffness in the affected joint
  • Redness and swelling in the joint affected by infectious arthritis
  • Increased warmth in the affected joint
  • A fever sometimes develops with infectious arthritis More symptoms of Infectious arthritis... 
Infections in the joints (infectious arthritis) can develop due to viral, bacterial, or fungal organisms. The organism most likely to cause infectious arthritis is Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as "staph" infection. This bacteria is commonly found on normal, healthy skin.  Know more about Infectious arthritis reasons...

Treatment of infectious arthritis typically involves a procedure to remove the infected material from the joint. This can be done surgically, or the infected fluids are sometimes withdrawn using a needle and syringe (aspiration). Intravenous antibiotics are also often required in the treatment of infectious arthritis.  

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