How is reactive arthritis (ReA) prevented?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In Chlamydia -induced ReA, studies have suggested that appropriate treatment of the acute GU infection can prevent ReA and that treatment of acute ReA with a 3-month course of antibiotics can reduce the duration of illness. Currently, there is no evidence to indicate that antibiotic therapy is effective for enteric-related ReA or chronic ReA of any cause.

Education on the prevention of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases with condoms has been associated with a decrease in the incidence of postvenereal ReA.


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