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Septic arthritis (joint infection)


Septic arthritis/joint infection needs urgent medical treatment.

Symptoms of septic arthritis are:

If you have any of these symptoms it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will then diagnose if you have septic arthritis.

Septic arthritis is an infection of a joint and appears as a very painful swollen joint. There may be redness of the skin over the joint. People with septic arthritis usually also have a fever and feel unwell. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if this is due to septic arthritis or gout.

If you are found to have a septic joint you will be sent to hospital to see a specialist team. You may be given antibiotics or you may need surgery to have the joint washed out.

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