Septic arthritis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The primary symptom is joint inflammation, with the knees and hips most often affected. However, more than one joint can show symptoms. Septic arthritis is treatable, and most patients recover fully after undergoing the appropriate treatment. If left untreated, septic arthritis can progress and lead to permanent damage, so it is important to see a doctor when symptoms arise and receive a diagnosis as quickly as possible.

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1. Fever

A Fever is one of the characteristic signs of septic arthritis, and the body’s most important response to the presence of infectious bacteria or viruses. Fever is beneficial in so far as it helps the body to get rid of infections naturally; however, you should carefully monitor body temperature to ensure it does not exceed safe limits. Symptoms such as chills and stiffness often accompany fevers. If you come up with a fever, drink plenty of water and get enough rest so your body can fight off infection.

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