Most types of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joints are areas where 2 bones meet, such as your elbow joint or knee. Symptoms of infectious arthritis consist of: Intense pain in the joint; Joint soreness and swelling; Chills and fever; Inability to move the area with the infected joint. One type of infectious arthritis is reactive arthritis. In women, an infection in the vaginal area can cause the reaction. Another type of reactive arthritis begins with eating food or handling something that has germs on it. To diagnose infectious arthritis, your health and wellness care provider may do tests of your blood, urine, and joint liquid.
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