Hypersensitivity Vasculitis and Receiving Social Security Disability
Vasculitis is a broad, sweeping medical term that is used to refer to a group of uncommon diseases that are marked by inflammation of your blood vessels. Your vascular system is used in reference to the blood vessels of your body.
Your blood vessels are made up of arteries and veins. Your arteries transport oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to your body’s tissues, while your veins return that oxygen-depleted blood from your tissues to your lungs for more oxygen.
Vasculitis is characterized by damage to and inflammation in the walls of different blood vessels in your body. Each one of this group of diseases is evidenced by laboratory test abnormalities, distribution of blood vessel involvement and certain patterns of particular organ involvement. As a group, these diseases are known as vasculitides.
Hypersensitivity vasculitis is one of the many kinds of vasculitis. It is hypersensitivity to a foreign drug or substance. This leads to inflammation and damage to the blood vessels of your skin.
Fortunately, hypersensitivity vasculitis is a rare disease. Somewhere around 6 out of every 100,000 people in the United States are affected by hypersensitivity vasculitis. The disease occurs most often in people who are over the age of 15.
Hypersensitivity vasculitis is known by other names. It is also called cutaneous vasculitis, allergic vasculitis and leukocytoclastic vasculitis.
As already alluded to earlier, hypersensitivity vasculitis is caused by an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to a drug or another foreign substance. However, even with a complete medical history, no one knows why this allergic reaction or hypersensitivity takes place.
Signs and Symptoms of hypersensitivity vasculitis
There are several signs and symptoms that you may have, which may be an indication of hypersensitivity vasculitis. Some of these may include:
- Blisters on your skin
- Skin lesions that are usually located on your legs, buttocks or trunk
- The appearance of purple or red discolorations on your skin
- Urticaria (hives) that may last for longer than a day
- Necrotic ulcers (open sores with dead tissue).
Diagnosing hypersensitivity vasculitis
In order to diagnose your hypersensitivity vasculitis, your doctor will likely want to know about your medical history, the signs and symptoms that you are experiencing and do a thorough physical exam. Your diagnosis is also determined by how your skin looks after you take a certain medication, or you are exposed to a foreign substance.
There are some diagnostic procedures and tests that will help to confirm a diagnosis of hypersensitivity vasculitis. Some of these are:
- A urine test
- An ESR test (sedimentary rate)
- Blood tests
- A biopsy of affected tissue
The treatment of your hypersensitivity vasculitis is aimed at reducing your inflammation. Corticosteroids are usually prescribed to accomplish this. The trouble is, when you take these medications for a long period of time, they may lower your resistance to infections. Your doctor may also want you to stop taking the medication that is leading to your hypersensitivity vasculitis.
Hypersensitivity vasculitis usually resolves over a period of time. However, there are complications that can result from hypersensitivity vasculitis. Some of these include permanent damage to your skin or blood vessels along with scarring, infections and inflammation of your blood vessels that may damage your internal organs.
You may be afflicted with hypersensitivity vasculitis. Hypersensitivity vasculitis and/or complications that have come from it or other illnesses that you may have in addition to this disease may have led to your disability and be what is preventing you from being able to work.
If you are looking for financial help, you may have tried to get Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Did the Social Security Administration turn down your application?
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