Whether you have recently been diagnosed with Vasculitis or worried you are experiencing symptoms, it is important that you understand the Vasculitis symptoms and treatments. Because Vasculitis is rare, it is difficult to detect, and around 14,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Dr Stephanie Barrett is a specialist consultant physician and is sharing her knowledge on Vasculitis symptoms and treatments.
What Is Vasculitis?
Vasculitis refers to inflammation of the blood vessels. Because it can affect any part of the body, the symptoms are different depending on the individual. Vasculitis is also commonly called arteritis and angiitis. It causes the walls of the blood vessels to alter, leading to scarring, narrowing, weakening or thickening. Depending on the case, Vasculitis can be either short term and acute or long term and chronic. Because it can result in the body not receiving enough nutrients and oxygen in the blood, it can lead to organ damage or even death.
Vasculitis Symptoms And Treatments
The symptoms of Vasculitis vary greatly because it can affect anywhere in the body. The majority of the symptoms are related to a decrease in blood flow around the body. The general symptoms of Vasculitis include;
- General aches and pains
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Nerve problems including weakness and numbness
There are various treatment options for Vasculitis, and these depend on different factors, including the type of Vasculitis and severity of symptoms. In some cases, steroids can be used to reduce the inflammation. Because there are many side effects of steroids when used long-term, this treatment requires careful consideration and monitoring. Immune system medications can also be used to treat Vasculitis. This is often used for patients who do not respond well to steroids and works by stopping the cells that cause the inflammation.
If you have any questions about Vasculitis symptoms and treatments, get in touch with Dr Stephanie Barrett today.