Viral arthritis is swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the joints from a viral infection.
It may occur with:
- Dengue virus
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
It may also occur after immunization with the rubella vaccine. This is a common form of childhood joint discomfort.
While many people are infected with these viruses or receive the rubella vaccine, only a few people develop arthritis. No risk factors have been established.
The main symptoms are
Exams and Tests
Your doctor may prescribe pain medicines to relieve discomfort. You doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications.
If joint inflammation is severe,
The outcome is usually good. Most viral arthritis disappears within several days or weeks when the virus-related disease goes away.
There are usually no complications.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if arthritis symptoms last longer than a few weeks.
There is no known way to prevent viral arthritis.