Reiter's Syndrome

Reiter's syndrome has many possible symptoms, with arthritis (joint inflammation) being an important one. There is no cure for Reiter's syndrome, but you can control the symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

What Causes It?

Reiter's is a reactive arthritis, which means that another illness triggers it. Scientists do not know what actually causes Reiter's. But they know that the following factors often precede Reiter's.

What to Expect at Your Provider's Office

Tell your health care provider about any intestinal conditions or sexually transmitted diseases you have had recently. You may have a blood test to exclude other diseases and to see if you have the HLA-B27 gene.

Treatment Options

Drug Therapies

Your provider may also prescribe drugs to treat specific symptoms.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies may be effective with fewer side effects than drugs.

Nutrition Herbs
Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, teas should be made with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 to 4 cups per day.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), 400 mg three times a day: helps with morning stiffness and joint instability, works well when taken with bromelain

For urethritis: Mix three to four of these herbs in equal amounts and use 1 tsp. of mixture. Drink 1 cup tea three times a day or 30 drops tincture three times a day. Take daily during an acute flare-up and two weeks of the month as a preventative. For iritis: Acupuncture
As with other forms of arthritis, acupuncture may be effective at stimulating the immune system and reducing inflammation.

Following Up

The initial attack usually lasts three to six months. Most people maintain near-normal lifestyles with physical and occupational adjustments.


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