It can be easy to assume that the blood vessels in your body will always function as they should. You may assume that nothing can impact their performance or integrity. In fact, vasculitis is a serious illness that specifically targets your body’s blood vessels. Discover what this disease is and how it is treated at our office near Conroe.
What is Vasculitis?
Vasculitis is a disease that affects the blood vessels in distinct ways. Depending on its severity and area of your body in which it is found, it can induce the vessels to weaken, enlarge, narrow, or even collapse.
While the condition affects people of all ages, it tends to be more common in adults and people who already have underlying health issues. It targets parts of the body like the eyes, skin, brain, and internal organs. The condition can range in severity from moderate to extensive.
What are the Symptoms?
Patients may not suspect that they suffer from vasculitis because its symptoms are similar to those of other common illnesses like the flu. Some of the milder symptoms that patients deal with include:
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Aches and pains
This disease also may present itself with more serious symptoms like:
• Arthritis in joints
• Itching, burning eyes
• Severe headaches
• Change in mental function
• Numbness and tingling in the extremities
• Sinus congestion and ringing in the ears
These symptoms often appear with other illnesses, which contributes to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.
Doctors are not sure what exactly causes vasculitis. They theorize that it is a type of autoimmune disease and results in the body attacking the blood vessels out of mistake rather than for a legitimate medical reason. Experts suspect that the condition could be the result of triggers like:
• Hepatitis B or C
• Blood cancer
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Negative reactions to over-the-counter or prescription medications
Once you are diagnosed with vasculitis, you may undergo any of the available treatment options at our office near Conroe for it. The length of time for which you must be treated will depend on multiple factors. Every patient is different, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for the condition. However, we have had great results using biologics.
During a consultation at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic of Brazos Valley, you can learn more about your treatment options for vasculitis. Our office is located in College Station and we happily serve clients in the Conroe and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!