It is a known factor that viruses are the cause for joint pains and inflammations. The affected areas are usually seen in red color, and swelling and heat on the area is experienced. But it is an unknown factor that these viruses are no longer present in the affected areas, though they ‘were’ the reasons for the infection. Most probably, Viruses are destroyed by the body’s immune system. But the pain and rest of the symptoms go off.
Even though the virus is eliminated from the body, the changes caused in the joint continue and as a result of this pain and swelling will irritate the infected person. These affected joints, by that time might have been damaged permanently.
Symptoms of the Many Viral Arthritis
Many viruses are known to cause arthritis which causes joint inflammation and pain. Given below are the symptoms of these viral diseases that affect the majority of the people.
Stiffness and Pain
Stiffness and Pain are the two major symptoms of arthritis affected by Rubella. This is a mild and highly infectious viral disease which causes joint pains. Joints are stiff and are painful in the morning hours and it usually goes within a week or two. In some cases, it will affect the person for a long period. Ankles, knees, elbows and hands are the areas which are commonly affected by Rubella.
Rashes on the face and the body are the major symptoms of the arthritis caused by the virus Parvovirus B-19. Parvovirus B-19, a common virus is the cause of the infecting around 60% of adults with arthritis.
This virus is the root cause for the disease called fifth disease. This disease affects a person when he is a child. 15 % of children are affected with Fifth disease. But it usually fades away quickly.
Joint pain is the major symptom which children have to face while affected with Parvovirus B-19. Adults on the other hand suffer sore joints three weeks from the time of infection. Joints may include the joint of the hand, foot, knee, ankle and wrists. Both the sides of the body are affected. Though joint pain clears within two weeks, it will recur for a period of 10 years. Chronic hepatitis is long lasting and joint pains may recur for a long period. People affected with arthritis caused by HIV experience severe joint pains too.
Inflammation of Liver
Infection of Hepatitis B can cause inflammation of the liver following severe form of arthritis, affecting the joints of both sides of the body. The joints which are affected as a result are wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles and hips.
Usually, the arthritis caused by Hepatitis comes after jaundice or yellowness of the skin. Arthritis may remain for several weeks after the jaundice is over.
A virus that causes AIDS, HIV or Human immunodeficiency virus is also connected with many forms of Arthritis. People infected with HIV usually experience symptoms of flu and joint pain. Severe joint pain especially in the elbows, knees and shoulders disturb the affected person. Such people are more commonly prone to develop reactive arthritis.