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Septic arthritis (joint infection)

Important!

Septic arthritis (joint infection) needs urgent medical treatment.

Symptoms of septic arthritis are:

If you have any of these symptoms it's 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. If you have septic arthritis, your joint will be very painful and swollen. The skin over your joint might be red. You are also likely to have a fever and feel unwell. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your symptoms are due to septic arthritis or gout.

If your doctor believes you have a septic joint they'll send you to hospital to see a specialist team. They might give you antibiotics or you may need surgery to have the joint washed out.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated September 2017.

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Review key: HISHE-19164