Question: What does vasculitis look like on legs?

Common vasculitis skin lesions are: red or purple dots (petechiae), usually most numerous on the legs. larger spots, about the size of the end of a finger (purpura), some of which look like large bruises. Less common vasculitis lesions are hives, an itchy lumpy rash and painful or tender lumps.

What does vasculitis look like on lower legs?

Clinically, leukocytoclastic vasculitis most often presents with palpable purpura, especially on the lower extremities. Other less common presentations include nonpalpable purpura, infiltrated erythema, ulcers, livedo reticularis, and nodules.

What causes vasculitis in lower legs?

The main reason that vasculitis affects the lower leg is reduced blood flow because this leads to the deposition of mediators of inflammation on the blood vessel wall. Contributing factors include: Stasis: gravity pooling and slowing blood flow in the lower legs.

How is vasculitis of the leg treated?

Medications. A corticosteroid drug, such as prednisone, is the most common type of drug prescribed to control the inflammation associated with vasculitis. Side effects of corticosteroids can be severe, especially if you take them for a long time. Possible side effects include weight gain, diabetes and weakened bones.

How does someone get vasculitis?

Vasculitis Causes Doctors dont know what causes many cases of vasculitis. It might be linked to an allergic reaction to a medication. You can also get it after having an infection that sets off an unusual response in your immune system, damaging your blood vessels.

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