| Good health and well being are precious. With Behcet's Disease,
we can be condemned to a world of relative isolation and anxiety.
To help people understand these problems and encourage them to take
the best possible care of their Behcet's Disease we provide this section
full of helpful information. |
Behcet's Disease is a chronic rheumatic illness, initiated through
the body's immune system being over-reactive, and producing unpredictable
episodes of inflammation which affect mostly the small blood vessels.
Symptoms may occur wherever there is a blood supply. Most can be suppressed
by the right and relevant treatment. To date the cause is still unknown.
It is not known if the disease is hereditary, but this is suspected
(some families do have the disease in different generations). It is
not thought to be an infection.
What Is the Prognosis for a Person With Behçet's Disease?
Most people with Behçet's disease can lead normal lives and
control their symptoms with proper medicine, rest, and exercise.
Doctors can use many medicines to relieve pain, treat symptoms,
and prevent complications. When treatment is effective, flares usually
become less frequent after 1 or 2 years. Many patients eventually
enter a period of remission. In some people, however, treatment
does not relieve symptoms, and gradually more serious symptoms such
as eye disease may occur. Serious symptoms may appear months or
years after the first signs of Behçet’s disease.
To find out more about Behcet's Disease we recommend that you take
a look at the other information sections. These are Diagnosis &
Causes, Sulphur project, Symptoms & General and Treatments and
Medications. The links are on the menu on the left hand side.