The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and treat the infection causing this condition.
Eye problems and skin sores usually do not need to be treated. They will go away on their own.
Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics if you have an infection. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and pain relievers may be recommended for joint pain. If a joint is very swollen over a long period of time, your health care provider may inject a strong anti-inflammatory medicine (corticosteroid) into the area.
Physical therapy can help you relieve pain, move better, and maintain muscle strength. You may need to make changes if your job requires heavy lifting or heavy use of your back.
People with a severe case of the disease may need therapy to suppress the immune system, but this treatment is not used very often.
Reactive arthritis may go away in a few weeks, but it can last for a few months. Symptoms may return over a period of years in up to half of the people affected.
Rarely, people may have an abnormal heart rhythm or problems with the aortic heart valve.
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if symptoms of this condition develop.
Ariel D. Teitel, MD, MBA, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.