What is it?

Leukocytoclastic vasculitis (LCV), also known as hypersensitivity vasculitis, is a small blood vessel inflammation.
LCV can be caused by an allergic reaction, infection, autoimmune disorders, or malignancy. LCV can also be idiopathic, it means that it can be caused by an unknown reason.

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Signs & symptoms

The most common symptoms of Leukocytoclastic vasculitis involve the skin, they include:
- Pain with or without burning sensation
- Itching
- Pustules
- Livedo reticularis (mottled skin)
Other symptoms may be systemic, such as:
- Fever
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
- Blood in urine or stool
- Vomiting


To diagnose the reason to your symptoms, your healthcare provider may use several tests:
- Medical history - your doctor may want you to mention what your symptoms are.
- Physical exam - your healthcare provider will check for skin lesion, limb swelling or redness, and any other skin finding
- Chest X-ray - to check your lungs for vasculitis
-Blood tests - can show signs of underlying conditions.


Depending on the case, LCV can be treated either with some home remedies such as ice and compressors, or with medication.
In intermediate or sever LCV, medical treatment may be used. The drugs that can be given are: NSAIDs, steroids, colchicine, and dapsone.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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