What is vasculitis?
Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the tissues of the blood vessels. This causes inflammation that leads to blood vessel narrowing and restricted blood flow, which may, in turn, lead to ischemia and tissue damage.
There are many types of vasculitis, all of which are classified by the size of the blood vessels affected.
What are the symptoms of vasculitis?
Signs and symptoms of vasculitis vary depending on the type of disease, the organs affected, and the severity of your condition. Common symptoms of vasculitis that affect your overall health include:
· Fever and fatigue
· Decreased appetite and weight loss
· Body aches and pains
Vasculitis can also cause a range of symptoms in specific organs, including:
· Kidney problems, including bloody or dark urine
· Shortness of breath in the lungs
· Red, itchy, or burning eyes
· Joint pain or arthritis
Vasculitis can cause numerous other symptoms as well. For example, when blood vessels beneath the skin are affected, you may develop red or purple dots, bumps, or rashes.
Vasculitis treatment involves stopping the inflammation and preventing relapse. Both phases of treatment involve prescription medications.
Dr.Gul has extensive research and clinical background in treating vasculitis patients. She has done research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) with Dr. Peter Grayson and treated various vasculitis patients.