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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • My joints feel like they are burning

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About the Symptom

This refers to one or more of the joints feeling warm to the touch compared to the surrounding skin accompanied by redness, swelling and pain. Most commonly it is caused by trauma, infection or inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or gout.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Erythema

  • Fever

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Edema

  • Gross hematuria

Possible Causes

Generally, Warm joints can be related to:

  • Gout / Pseudogout

    Gout and pseudogout are diseases caused by inflammation and crystal accumulation in the joints. Gout results from uric acid crystals, while pseudogout stems from calcium pyrophosphate crystals. Both are marked by sudden, painful swelling in one or more joints. Gout attacks can be triggered by eating purine-rich foods like seafood, alcohol, and red meat, while pseudogout may be due to joint injury, surgery, or immune issues.

  • Erythema Infectiosum (Slapped Cheek Syndrome)

    Fifth disease (erythema infectiosum) is a childhood condition that appears as a bright red rash on your child’s cheeks. It’s nicknamed “slapped cheek disease” because of this rash. A virus called parvovirus B19 causes fifth disease. This virus is common and very contagious. Infected people can spread it through coughing or sneezing. A second rash can appear on the arms, legs, or back.

  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

    Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is a rare autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues. Risk factors include family history of connective tissue disease and exposure to certain viruses or chemicals. It's most common in women in their 20s and 30s, but children may also be affected.

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Adult Still's Disease
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Sjogren Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Warm joints may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Rheumatic Fever

    This disease can occur after an episode of streptococcal pharyngitis ("strep throat"). Some patients may experience inflammation of the heart leading to damage of the heart valves. Prompt antibiotic treatment is important to prevent heart problems.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are your joints hot?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel you fatigued?

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References

  • Frank FA, Peduzzi N, Brugger R, Morgenstern M, Cadosch D, Clauss M. Die septische Arthritis [Septic arthritis]. Ther Umsch. 2023 Feb;80(1):39-44. German. doi: 10.1024/0040-5930/a001405. PMID: 36659842.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36659842/

Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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