Although reactive arthritis itself is not contagious, the bacteria that trigger it can be passed from one individual to another. Most people who develop ReA will begin having symptoms a few weeks after the initial bacterial infection. Many will recover from ReA after the first flare, but the disease does have a tendency to recur.
The symptoms of reactive arthritis can affect many areas of the body, but most typically affect the urogenital tract, the joints, and the eyes. Other, less common symptoms include mouth ulcers and skin rashes.
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