Because of many infections such as rheumatic fever, rubella, mumps and shingles, the joints can swell and hurt. These symptoms of arthritis will disappear regularly when the primary infection is suppressed, and this is not a symptom of infectious arthritis. Infectious arthritis is a rare disease caused by bacteria in the joint. Bacteria can enter through the wound or reach the joint via bloodstream from a distant infected point or directly spread from the nearby infection. As soon as they reach the joint, the bacteria begins to multiply, causing redness, pain and abnormalities due to inflammation. Most likely, the disease will affect only one joint, but the patient will have an elevated temperature up to 40 °C.
What to do?
If you have symptoms of infectious arthritis, contact your doctor immediately. If the disease is not cured, the joint can become stiff and become almost unusable. Your doctor will look at the swollen joint and possibly remove the liquid (pus) with the needle and syringe. An examination of this liquid must confirm the diagnosis. The disease is treated with antibiotics (tablets and/or injections directly into the joint). When the wound heals, the doctor will teach you how to excercise your joint to prevent possible stiffness..