Urticarial Vasculitis: Abstract
In patients affected by UV, the small vessels of the skin get inflamed. The inflammation triggers an urticarial eruption, marked by red patches or weals (lesions/plaques) on the skin. The patches or weals can lead to itchy skin, burning sensation, and pain. The health complications commonly linked to UV include skin pigmentation and, in some cases, skin ulcers. In addition, patients severely affected by the disease may suffer from lung damage, eye problems, kidney complications, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Urticarial Vasculitis: Introduction
Urticarial vasculitis (UV) is a rare form of cutaneous small-vessel vasculitis which is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the inflammation of blood vessels, thereby causing damage to vital organs and tissues because of restricted blood flow.
The eruptions normally last for more than one day at a specific site on the skin, and gradually resolve on their own. Due to the eruptions, the skin can appear discolored or hyperpigmented during the healing process.
Urticarial vasculitis can generally be categorized into two types, based on whether the levels of complement proteins are found to be normal or low on blood testing. :
The Two Types of UV are
Normocomplementaemic: Urticarial Vasculitis
This is mostly a less severe occurrence of UV, with a normal level of complement proteins. The condition does not usually have any systemic involvement (that is, it does not affect multiple organs).
Hypocomplementaemic: Urticarial Vasculitis
This is a more severe form of UV, with low levels of complement proteins. The condition has systemic involvement. The organs that get affected because of this kind of UV include the lungs, joints, kidneys, eyes, and gastrointestinal tract. This type of UV is also associated with the connective tissue disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Urticarial Vasculitis: Causes
In a majority of UV cases, the exact cause of the disease is not known. Nonetheless, some of the perceived conditions triggering the disease are:
- Viral disease or an infection like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis)
- A drug reaction
- Leukemia and internal cancers
- Inflammatory connective disorders like SLE and Sjögren syndrome
- Immunoglobulin diseases like immunoglobulin A and immunoglobulin M monoclonal gammopathies.
Urticarial Vasculitis: Symptoms
The early symptoms of Urticarial vasculitis (UV) are skin patches or lesions. In patients affected by a severe form of UV, there can be some other symptoms as well, which can involve other organs. These symptoms are:
- Pain in the abdomen
- Swollen lymph glands
- Pain in the joints
- Swelling of tissues under the skin
- Shortness of breath
- Eye inflammation
- Kidney inflammation
- Cardiac disorder.
Urticarial Vasculitis: Treatment
Urticarial vasculitis (UV) can be a chronic illness that can be difficult to treat, and may even cause serious health problems. Hence, the patients affected by the condition require constant medical care.
The Treatment of Urticarial Vasculitis(UV) depends on the severity of the condition and the extent to which it affects other organs. Generally, doctors prescribe the use of antihistamines or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to the patients, for relieving UV symptoms. In severe cases, corticosteroids may be prescribed.
Urticarial vasculitis (UV) can also be managed in a safe and natural manner with the help of herbal/Ayurvedic products. Some extremely beneficial herbal products for managing the condition are available from Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company. These products, prepared under the guidance of renowned Ayurveda practitioners, include:
Aller-G Care Capsules
The preparation of these capsules involves the use of potent anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy herbs, including Haridra (Turmeric Rhizome – Curcuma Longa), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Neem (Azadirachta Indica), and Shirish (Albizia lebbeck).
The use of Aller-G Care capsules can benefit patients suffering from UV because the herbal components have the ability to reduce inflammation and pain, support healthy lungs, relieve chronic allergies, strengthen the immune system, treat skin disorders, and eliminate toxins from the body.
A combination of several herbs and other natural ingredients is mixed with Shuddh Gandhak (Purified Sulphur) for preparing these tablets. The ingredients include Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Patra (Cinnamomum tamala), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Nagakeshara (Mesua ferrea),Shunti (Zingiber officinalis), Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba), Sita (Sugar Syrup), and Godugdha (Cow milk).
The ingredients of these tablets have antiviral, antibacterial, antipruritic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These tablets can benefit people suffering from UV because the herbal components can treat skin ailments, relieve burning sensation, manage fungal infections, manage chronic fever, purify the blood, and balance the body’s Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha.
Pitta Balance Capsules
An extremely beneficial combination of herbal ingredients is used for the preparation of these capsules. The ingredients include Giloy satva (extract of Tinospora cordifolia), Praval Pishti (Coral Calcium), Akik Pishti (Agate Calcium), Mukta Pishti (Pearl Calcium), Jawar Mohra Pishti (Ayurvedic Calcium compound), and Kamdhudha Ras (Ayurvedic Calcium compound).
These capsules are beneficial for managing UV because the components have the ability to keep the skin healthy, promote the functioning of the immune system, support the digestive system, purify the blood, control blood pressure, relieve muscular cramps, and balance Pitta dosha.
This amazing herbal supplement is prepared from several herbal and mineral ingredients known for their medicinal value. The ingredients include Amrutha satva (extract of Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Svarna Gairika, Moti pishti (Pearl Calcium powder), Praval pishti (Coral Calcium), Mukta Shukti pishti (Pearl Calcium), Kapardik bhasma (Cowrie bhasma), Shankh bhasma (Conch shell calx).
Kamdhudha Ras has wide-ranging medicinal properties, which include anti-inflammatory, adaptogenic, antacid, antiemetic, anti-hyperglycemic, mild febrifuge, antioxidant, and anti-vertigo properties. The use of this herbal supplement can benefit the patients suffering from UV because of the proven abilities of the ingredients to treat several health problems, including chronic fever, digestive disorders, vomiting, nausea, burning sensation, vertigo, debility, dizziness, restlessness, excessive sweating, and bleeding tendencies. The product also supports overall female health, maintains healthy blood sugar levels, and balances Pitta dosha.
The herbal products offered by Planet Ayurveda for managing Urticarial vasculitis (UV) are 100% pure and natural formulations that do not contain any chemicals, preservatives, additives, binders, fillers, or artificial colors. The use of the products has immense medicinal significance for UV patients. Nonetheless, the products should be used by the patients in consultation with an Ayurveda expert.