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Know the Symptoms and Causes of Behcet’s Disease

HWC team
January06/ 2017

Behcet’s disease commonly called as behcet’s syndrome is a rare condition that causes inflammation in your blood vessels present throughout your body. The symptoms associated with behcet’s syndrome may seem unrelated in the initial stages.  The effect of diseases varies from person to person depending on the individual’s health condition.

Behcet’s syndrome Symptoms

The symptoms generally vary from person to person and it may disappear and recur on its own after a period of time. The symptoms depend on the part of your body that is affected.  The common symptoms include:

  1. Brain

Behcet’s syndrome leads to inflammation in your brain and nervous system and can cause severe headache, fever and stroke.

  1. Mouth

While suffering with behcet’s syndrome, you will experience painful mouth sores that look similar to canker sores.  Mouth sores are very common during behcet’s syndrome. Mouth sores generally begin like raised round lesions that will turn into painful ulcers with time. These mouth sores generally cures within one to three weeks but they do recur in future.

  1. Skin

During behcet’s syndrome, acne like sores appear on your body. In few cases these sores may develop like red, raised nodules on your skin. These tender nodules generally appear on the lower legs.

  1. Genitals

In severe cases, the sores appear on the genital. The sores in the genital areas many appear like red open sores. The sores are commonly reported on the scrotum or the vulva. These sores are very painful when they appear on the genitals and may leave scars after disappearing.

  1. Eyes

Inflammation in the eyes is also reported during behcet’s syndrome and this condition is commonly called as uveitis. Uveitis causes pain, redness and blurred vision in one or both the eyes. Uveitis may come and go during behcet’s syndrome.

  1. Joints

Joint pain and swelling is common during behcet’s syndrome and can affect your knees. Your ankles, elbows or wrists may also get affected with behcet’s syndrome.   Signs and symptoms associated with joints may come and go with time and do not lead to any major complications in most of the cases.

  1. Vascular system

Blood vessels inflammation is seen in most of the cases that can lead to pain, redness and swelling in the arms and legs. Swelling and redness mainly occurs due to the formation of blood clots.  Complications occur when the inflammation is seen in the large arteries.  The complications can lead to aneurysm and narrowing or blockage of blood vessels.

  1. Digestive system

The common symptoms related to your digestive system include: abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding.

Behcet’s Syndrome Causes

The exact cause of behcet’s syndrome is unknown. Behcet’s syndrome is generally considered as an autoimmune disorder. During behcet’s syndrome, genetic and environmental factors also play an important role. According to the research there are several genes that have been found to be associated with the disease whereas, other researches say that certain bacteria and virus can trigger Behcet’s syndrome and increase the risk of complications.

When you experience any symptoms associated with Behcet’s syndrome, get yourself diagnosed to avoid any major complications. The main problem associated with Behcet’s syndrome is that the symptoms appear and disappear with time. In most of the cases the recurrence is also reported.

HWC team

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