Behcet’s disease is a chronic disturbance in the body’s immune system. The immune system normally protects the body against infections and controls inflammation. Sometimes the immune system becomes overactive and causes inflammation and affects the blood vessels, in particular the smaller ones.

Rheumatoid arthritis is one such condition when your immune system attacks the cells in the layers of tissue that line the joints in your body. The immune system forms antibodies that attack the body’s own cells. This disorder is likely caused by genetic and environmental factors and it affects men and women between the ages of twenty and forty.

Oral ulcers, skin lesions and inflammation in the eye are some of the conditions that can be caused by the disease Behcet’s. Practical clinical diagnosis includes arthritis, symptoms in the nervous system and inflammation in the stomach, chest or lungs. The sufferer usually feels extremely tired. It is said that food allergies also can be the cause off this disorder.

Symptoms

* Sores in the mouth
* Rashes in the skin
* Eye inflammation
* Acne like sores are seen in the body especially in the legs

The sufferer tends to be allergic to dairy products. Redness and pain is felt in one or both the eyes. The knee joint, ankle, elbow and wrist joints are generally affected. Due to inflammation in the veins, pain and swelling is felt in the arms or legs.

Proper care has to be taken to monitor and detect the first signs (swelling, redness, heat and pain) of Behcet’s disease in order to minimize the discomfort caused by this disorder.

If the sufferer finds it very difficult to carry on the daily activities, it is better to consult a medical practitioner who will prescribe medicines to relieve symptoms of this disorder and control the immune system.

Treatment

Treatment of this Behcet’s disease is based on the diagnosis of the signs and symptoms that are caused by this disorder. Skin creams, gels and ointments are prescribed to control temporary flares in pain and inflammation. Special mouth washes are often given to reduce the pain of sores in the mouth and to ease the general level of discomfort. Immuno suppressive drugs help to control an overactive immune system and reduce inflammation throughout the body. With proper rest and medicines, the symptoms of this disorder can be controlled and the sufferer is able to lead a normal and productive life.