Considerably shorter in duration than other types of arthritis, Reiter’s syndrome can last for around three months to a year. However, for some people, “random” flare-ups can become commonplace for years to follow. Typically triggered by some sort of infection elsewhere in the body, the arthritic pain tends to be felt in the knees or ankles. One ailment that could trigger an episode of reactive arthritis is a “tummy bug”.
If you’re experiencing a stomach bug, the national health body recommend drinking plenty of fluids, washing your hands often (so not to spread the viral infection), and to try peppermint tea to help ease wind and bloating.
Another possible culprit of reactive arthritis is a throat infection.
Throat infection can include: laryngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat, or glandular fever.
“Laryngitis is when your voice box or vocal cords in the throat become irritated or swollen,” explained the NHS.
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The main symptoms of such an infection include:
- A hoarse (croaky) voice
- Sometimes losing your voice
- An irritating cough that does not go away
- Always needing to clear your throat
- A sore throat
Recovery includes speaking as little as possible, drinking plenty of fluids, gargling with salt water and keeping the air moist.
You can keep the air moist by putting out by bowls of water dotted around wherever you are most in the house.
It’s also best to stay away from caffeine or alcohol, and to stay away from smoky or dusty environments.
The Epstein-Barr virus causes glandular fever and while there’s no cure, it can get better by itself.
To speed up the recovery time, it’s important to rest, sleep, and to drink plenty of fluids.
It can take up to three weeks to feel better, but extreme tiredness can linger for months for some people.
Aside from a tummy bug or throat infection, reactive arthritis might also flare up after a bout of diarrhoea.