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The symptoms of reactive arthritis usually develop within four weeks of an infection.
The three parts of the body most commonly affected by reactive arthritis are the:
However, most people won't experience problems in all of these areas.
Reactive arthritis usually involves inflammation of the joints (arthritis) and tendons, which can cause:
See your GP if you have any swollen and painful joints, especially if you have recently had diarrhoea or problems passing urine.
Reactive arthritis can sometimes also involve inflammation of the urethra (non-gonococcal urethritis), which is the tube that carries urine out of the body. Symptoms of urethritis can include:
Reactive arthritis may occasionally involve inflammation of the eyes (conjunctivitis). Symptoms of conjunctivitis can include:
In rare cases, a type of uveitis called iritis can develop. Iritis can cause the eyes to become painful, red and sensitive to light. See your doctor or an eye specialist as soon as possible if you have these symptoms.
Reactive arthritis can also cause symptoms, including: