Vasculitis Symptoms: Treatment, Complications and Medications
Vasculitis Treatment & Vasculitis Complications:
Some very serious symptoms
and complications can develop from a patient with Vasculitis.
they may get depends on the type of Vasculitis they have.
Some of the symptoms
of Vasculitis are weight loss, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, pain in the joints or muscles, and numbness or
weakness caused by nerve problems.
If any of these symptoms
occur you need to contact a physician.
of the Vasculitis may be curtailed if help is received early enough. The sooner the disease is diagnosed and
treated, the less chance that complications will occur.
Vasculitis is a very
serious disease and should not be ignored.
Remember that if you develop any of these symptoms
and are not sure about it, see a physician as soon as
Since vasculitis is caused partially by an overly active immune system, treatments
will help suppress the immune system.
In some cases treatment is successful to enable the remission of
vasculitis. In other cases Vasculitis can reoccur and because of this further treatment
Many cases of Vasculitis can go into
remission with treatments but in some cases the disease will not go away and continued treatment is needed for
a prolonged period of time.
treatment is sometimes necessary to enable remission, there is also a possibility of serious Vasculitis
complications from the medications.
Treatment is not
always needed but anyone with the disease needs to see a doctor as soon as possible, to make sure. The seriousness
of the side effects depends on what medication or combination of medications are used.
All of the
medications prescribed for the treatment of Vasculitis can have serious side effects but many side effects can be
controlled by careful administration of the drugs. The administering of these drugs should only be done by an
experienced specialist physician.
Specialists who can be Involved
Depending on the type of
vasculitis you have and which organs are affected, your doctor may refer you to various specialists,
- An ophthalmologist (eye
- An infectious disease specialist
(infectious disease specialist)
- A dermatologist (skin specialist)
- A nephrologist (kidney
- A neurologist (nervous system
- A cardiologist (heart specialist)
- A pulmonologist (lung specialist)
- A rheumatologist (muscle specialist and joint
- A urologist (urinary tract specialist and urogenital
The medications for the treatment of Vasculitis are listed below,
along with the possible side effects.:
- Cyclophosphamide or sometimes known as
Cytoxen, may cause side effects such as infertility, bone marrow suppression, infection, cancer, and or bladder
- This drug is sometimes used with the steroid
Prednisone. Steroids are used often for infections or inflammations.
- This drug was first used as a chemotherapy
drug for cancer. Great caution should be used when administering it for Vasculitis.
- Methotrexate or (MTX) is another dangerous
drug sometimes used for the treatment of Vasculitis.
- Some of the possible side effects of this drug
are nausea, pneumonitis (inflammation in the lung), anemia (which is low red blood cell count), liver problems
(which can be complicated and cause cirrhosis of the liver or scarring), lymphoma, Leukopenia, or
Thrombocytopenia (low platelets which can cause bleeding).
Some people may develop mouth ulcers. While this
treatment is very dangerous to use, without it Vasculitis can get worse and cause even more
There is a risk
either way so serious thought should be given before refusing treatment because of possible side
The other medication used for the treatment of
Vasculitis is Prednisone. This is a steroid which has many possible side effects.
The possible side
effects of this drug are hypertension, mood swings, get infections easily, bruising easily, thinning of the bones,
cataracts, acne, and insomnia.
Other possible side effects are glucose
intolerance, Avascular Necrosis of bones, and Abdominal Striae ( stripes on the abdomen much like stretch
While the treatments for Vasculitis can be dangerous, they do not outweigh the
problems or secondary diseases that the Vasculitis disease itself can cause.
treatment is needed as soon as possible so do not hesitate to contact a physician if you have any of the
How Can Vasculitis Be Prevented?
You can't prevent vasculitis.
However, Vasculitis treatment can help prevent or delay the complications of vasculitis.
- Vasculitis Symptoms