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Viral arthritis symptoms

When someone has developed viral arthritis, he is actually suffering from an irritation and inflammation of the joints due to an infection, like mumps or rubella. But it may come from other viruses that have ultimately moved into one or more of a person's joints. While this type of arthritis is essentially considered a symptom of the condition that caused the flare-up, it has its own set of symptoms.

Pain

Most people who are suffering from viral arthritis often experience some level of pain within their joints. It will most likely be a fairly severe pain, especially during movement.

Swelling

Along with this pain, many people will notice a certain amount of swelling within the affected area. This swelling will typically be isolated the joints, but could stretch into neighbouring tissue.

Heat

This particular symptom may sound a little odd, but some people who are suffering from viral arthritis may begin to feel a little more heat or elevated temperature within the affected joint.

Fever

Many people who are suffering from viral arthritis may also experience the symptom of a fever. It will usually be more moderate or low-grade, coming in at around 37.8 degrees C.

Chills

Sometimes, this fever may also be accompanied by the chills, making this another symptom of viral arthritis. These chills may also bring with the shakes.

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Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.