Robert Peston health: BBC presenter explains 'reactive arthritis' symptoms – common signs

What are the main symptoms of reactive arthritis?

The most common symptom of reactive arthritis is pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints and tendons, most commonly the knees, feet, toes, hips and ankles.

According to the NHS, in some people, it can also affect their genital tract or eyes.

People may feel pain when urinating, or experience discharge from the genitalia.

If the infection impacts the eye, patients commonly report eye pain, redness, sticky discharge, conjunctivitis and, rarely, inflammation of the eye.

People who experience pain in the eye or misty vision are advised to “see an eye specialist or go to A&E as soon as possible”.

Most people will not get all of the symptoms associated with reactive arthritis, but they can come on suddenly.


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