Urticarial Vasculitis: Everything to know
Urticarial vasculitis is a type of vasculitis that affects the skin, causing hives or red patches due to swelling of the small blood vessels.
Vasculitis itself is a very rare disease. Fewer than 1 million cases of it are reported every year in India. 
-Treatment can help but canâ€™t fully cure
-Requires a medical diagnosis
-Lab tests are always required
The cause of most cases is unknown which might be associated with various diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and SjÃ¶grenâ€™s syndrome. Few types of cancers including leukemia, colon and pancreatic cancers, and infections like Hepatitis B and C can cause this type of vasculitis. So can some drugs and antibiotics, ACE inhibitors are used for treating high blood pressure, and certain diuretics.
Ages affected â€“ 0-5 â€“ Rarely; between 6-60 and above â€“ Often
Requires medical diagnosis
Symptoms may include itching, pain and a burning feeling
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the abdomen, joints, or muscles
Whole body: fatigue or fever
Skin: rashes or ulcers
Also common: joint swelling, the sensation of pins and needles, shortness of breath, or weight loss
If severe symptoms appear, a medical professional should be consulted right away
Treatment may require steroids:
Some forms improve on their own while some require medication.
Follow an anti-inflammatory diet and taking supplements.
Steroids are prescribed to reduce inflammation, immunosuppressive drugs to reduce immune responses and blood transfusion.
For other kinds, consult a physician. At mfine, weâ€™re here to help you with the best treatment.