Allergic Cutaneous Vasculitis and Receiving Social Security Disability
Vasculitis is a broad medical term that is used to refer to a group of uncommon diseases that are characterized by inflammation of your blood vessels. Your blood vessels are what make up the vascular system of your body.
Your blood vessels are composed of arteries that take oxygen-rich blood to the tissues of your body and veins that carry back oxygen-depleted blood from your tissues to your lungs to get more oxygen. Vasculitis is evidenced by inflammation in and damage to the walls of different blood vessels in your body.
Each one of this group of diseases under the heading of vasculitis is characterized by certain patterns of particular organ involvement, distribution of blood vessel involvement and laboratory test abnormalities. Another way in which this group of diseases is referred to is that they are also called vasculitides.
Allergic cutaneous vasculitis is one of the forms of vasculitis. Allergic cutaneous vasculitis is marked by the development of cutaneous lesions, such as vesicles, small ulcers, papules, purpura, macules and urticarial wheals.
Allergic cutaneous vasculitis is characterized by the inflammation of blood vessels in your subcutaneous tissue and skin. Allergic cutaneous vasculitis especially involves your small and medium-sized blood vessels. These are blood vessels, such as your venules, arterioles and capillaries.
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Three Types of Vasculitis
There are three types of allergic cutaneous vasculitis. They are chronic, acute and subacute allergic cutaneous vasculitis.
Chronic allergic cutaneous vasculitis is an ongoing, long-lasting disease. It is evidenced by the occurrence of macules and papules in areas of your body where blood vessels are dominant. This may include areas, such as your back, abdomen, upper and lower limbs, buttocks and arms.
Acute allergic cutaneous vasculitis is a short-term disease. It may damage the blood vessels and tissues that are involved. Acute allergic cutaneous vasculitis may also hinder blood supply to your surrounding tissues and result in tissue death.
Subacute allergic cutaneous vasculitis is usually not as serious. It is usually resolved in around a week.
As you would expect from the name, allergic cutaneous vasculitis is caused by an allergic reaction. It results from an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to a drug, foreign substance or infection. However, even though your doctor has your complete medical history, what causes this hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to take place has not yet been discovered.
Signs and Symptoms that you have Vasculitis
There are several different signs and symptoms that you may experience, which may be an indication of allergic cutaneous vasculitis. Some of these include:
? A rash that develops on the surface of your skin that consists of small red blotches that are referred to as petechiae or large bruises that are known as ecchymosis
? The formation of papules and macules, lump or wheal formations on your skin
? Swelling that takes place in your lower legs
? Itching or pruritus (a sensation that causes the reflex or desire to scratch)
? Irregular fever
? Muscle pain
? General fatigue
? Weakness in your lower legs
? Malaise (a general sick feeling that you just do not feel well).