Septic Arthritis (Joint Infection)

About- Septic arthritis, also known as joint infection or infectious arthritis is a painful infection in a joint occurs when an infection caused by a bacteria or virus spreads to a joint or the fluid surrounding the joint.
 
Symptoms-
 A rapid heart rate
 Chills
 Fatigue & weakness
 Fever
 Irritability
 Loss of appetite
 Severe pain that worsens with movement
 Swelling of the joint
 Warmth and redness around the joint
 
Causes-

Septic arthritis can be caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infections. Bacterial infection with Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is the most common cause.
 
Risk factors
 Existing joint problems such as arthritis, gout, or lupus
 Taking medications for rheumatoid arthritis
 Skin fragility
 Joint trauma
 History of joint surgery
 Open wounds
 Alcoholism of using illegal drugs
 Weak immune system
 Cancer
 Smoking
 Diabetes

Specialists to Visit-
 Orthopedic Surgeon

 Rheumatologist
 Infectious Disease Specialist

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References-
https://www.healthline.com
https://www.mayoclinic.org
https://en.wikipedia.org
https://www.webmd.com
https://www.nhs.uk

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