Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Arthritis Reactive Home Care

Home care for Reiter's syndrome includes:

Additional home care for joint pain may include:
  • Avoid prolonged standing.
  • Avoid remaining in one position.
  • Rest painful joints:
    • Use a walker.
    • Use crutches.
    • Use a cane.
  • Apply warm compresses for stiffness:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Apply nonprescription pain rubs to painful joints:
    • ArthriCare
    • Arthritis Pain Relieving Rub
    • Aspercreme
    • Ben-Gay
    • Capzasin-HP
    • Sportscreme

Additional home care for eye irritation may include:
  • Clean your eyelashes gently with a warm wet compress.
  • Wash out your eyes several times per day.
    • Use saline eye wash.

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Arthritis Reactive Pain and Inflammation

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with Reiter's syndrome include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Arthritis Reactive Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have Reiter's syndrome and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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