The symptoms of Reiter's syndrome include painful urination, penile discharge, arthritis, mouth ulcers, eye inflammation, back pain, enthesitis and patches of scaly skin on the soles, palms or trunk, according to WebMD. A person also can develop low fever, increased urgency to urinate and eye discharge.
Presently known as Reactive arthritis, Reiter's syndrome is a form of arthritis that affects the skin, urethra, joints and eyes, notes WebMD. A disease in another part of the body can lead to Reiter's syndrome. It mainly targets the knees and the joints. The main cause of this disease is unknown, but studies show that it is partly caused by a genetic predisposition.
Painful urination and penile discharge are the first symptoms to appear. Arthritis is one of its main symptoms and it may be mild or severe. It leads to several symptoms including heel pain, pain on one side of the body and pain in the ankle, knee, hip and low back. Diarrhea occurs if the condition affects the intestines.
Reiter's syndrome is common in younger men aged 40 years and below, notes MedlinePlus. It tends to follow infections with Ureaplasma urealyticum or Chlamydia trachomatis in sexually active males. The signs and symptoms are usually recurrent, but can disappear within 12 months.