Infectious Arthritis Information
Arthritis that is caused by germs such as viruses or bacteria is known as infectious arthritis. There are several different types; the most common is septic arthritis, which is caused by a bacterial infection. Anyone can get infectious arthritis. However, some people are at a higher risk, such as alcoholics, IV drug addicts, those with HIV/AIDS, or those who have recently had a steroid injection into the joint.
In many cases, infectious arthritis can be cured. The appropriate treatment will vary, depending on the cause. Medications, joint drainage, surgery, and splinting the joint are some of the most common treatment options.
(Click Infectious Arthritis for more information on this topic, including a list of conditions that share a number of symptoms with infectious arthritis.)