Reiter's syndrome (reactive arthritis) is a condition that may be
triggered by a bacterial infection in the urinary or gastrointestinal tracts.
It most often affects young men, although men of any age and women may also be
Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome include:
- Pain, swelling, and inflammation of the joints
(arthritis), especially where the pelvis attaches to the spine (sacroiliac
joint) and in the fingers, toes, and feet.
- Inflammation of the eye
- Inflammation of the tube that carries urine out of the
body (urethra). There may be discharge from the end of the penis
- Discharge from the cervix.
- Skin rash or small sores (ulcers), especially on the penis,
on the soles of the feet, or in the mouth.
Several medicines can be used to treat Reiter's