Allergic Angiitis and Receiving Social Security Disability
Vasculitis is a broad, inclusive medical term that is used in reference to a group of uncommon diseases that are marked by inflammation of your blood vessels. The blood vessels of your body are what make up your vascular system. Veins and arteries are what your blood vessels consist of.
Your arteries transport oxygen-rich blood to your cells and tissues. Your veins return oxygen-depleted blood from your cells and tissues to your lungs to be reoxygenated.
Vasculitis is characterized by inflammation in and damage to the walls of various blood vessels in your body. Each one of this class of diseases is evidenced by certain patterns of particular organ involvement, blood vessel involvement and laboratory test abnormalities. As a group, these diseases are referred to as vasculitides.
Allergic angiitis is one of the many kinds of vasculitis. It is a systemic form of vasculitis. Allergic angiitis develops in people who have a history of asthma or allergy.
Allergic angiitis is marked by inflammation of the blood vessels (angiitis) in your lungs, skin, abdomen and nerves. Allergic angiitis affects the blood vessels in your small arteries and veins. The inflammation resulting from allergic angiitis may restrict the blood flow to your vital tissues and organs. Sometimes, this disease can lead to permanent damage to your vital organs and tissues.
Fortunately, allergic angiitis is an extremely rare disease. Allergic angiitis occurs most often in people who are middle aged. Men and women are affected equally by allergic angiitis.
Allergic angiitis may be brought about by a combination of things. Unfortunately, all of these things have not yet been recognized and identified.
Researchers believe that allergic angiitis is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is one in which your immune system that attacks anything foreign that is invading your body, mistakenly attacks healthy tissues and cells in your body. Scientists are still trying to figure out what causes this immune system response.
Allergic angiitis has been associated with some asthma medications that are known as leukotriene modifiers. However, it is not known for sure as to whether these medications cause this disease, or whether people taking them have more severe asthma that leads to the development of allergic angiitis.
Signs and symptoms of Allergic angiitis
There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience, which may be an indication of allergic angiitis. The signs and symptoms that you have are determined by the parts of your body that are affected by allergic angiitis. Some of these may include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness or numbness that occurs in your extremities
- Nodules or skin lumps that take place on your extremities
- Confusion or seizures
- Weight loss that is unintended
- An irregular heartbeat
- Hematuria (this is blood in your urine)
- Inflammation of your nasal or sinus passage
- Gastrointestinal bleeding (refers to bleeding from your stomach and intestines)
- Abdominal pain
- Night sweats
It is possible that you may only have mild signs and symptoms with allergic angiitis. On the other hand, you may experience severe or life-threatening complications with this disease.
The complications that you have will be determined by which of your organs are affected by allergic angiitis. Some of the possible complications are kidney damage, heart disease, peripheral nerve damage and scarring of your skin.
Do you need help with disability benefits for allergic angiitis?
Are you incapacitated and not able to work because of allergic angiitis and/or complications that have arisen from this disease. Have you filed for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration due to your disability?
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