Arthritis caused by joint infection


people_arthritis_img Infectious Arthritis is an infection in joints such as the knees and elbows, also called Septic Arthritis, caused by bacterial, viral or a fungal infection that spreads from another part of the body. In children, Septic Arthritis occurs most often in ages younger than 3 years old however may be found at any age. The most common symptoms of infectious arthritis are intense swelling and pain, usually in one joint, and may include signs of infection such as a high fever. Common areas affected involve the knees, hips, ankles and wrists. Infectious or Septic Arthritis is treated with antibiotics and physical therapy. Self-treatments includes mild exercise to increase the muscles around joints, resting and raising the joint above the heart level. In severe cases, surgery may become necessary in order to drain the infected joint fluid. If you develop symptoms of Septic Arthritis please consult with your personal physician.

Article Reference: Infectious Arthritis

Related: Types of Juvenile Arthritis

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