Coping with Arthritis in Its Many Forms
Common Types of Arthritis continued...
Arthritis can develop as a result of an infection. For
example, bacteria that cause gonorrhea or Lyme disease can cause arthritis.
Infectious arthritis can cause serious damage, but usually clears up completely
with antibiotics. Scleroderma is a systemic disease that involves the skin, but
may include problems with blood vessels, joints, and internal organs.
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a soft-tissue rheumatism that doesn't lead to joint
deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million Americans, mostly women.
Carolyn J. Strange is a science and medical writer in Saratoga, CA.