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The symptoms of vasculitis depend on which blood vessels and organs are affected.

If vasculitis is present in small capillaries, symptoms may be apparent in the fingers and toes. If vasculitis is present in medium to large blood vessels, symptoms may occur in the head and neck. Because vasculitis often affects several organs or even the entire body (systemic vasculitis), many people experience a variety of numerous symptoms or an overall feeling of illness which vary widely between individuals.

General Vasculitis Symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath or cough

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Loss of appetite

  • Weight loss

  • General aches and pains

  • Night sweats

  • Skin rashes

  • Numbness

  • Weakness (fatigue)

  • A general feeling of malaise or illness


Specific types of Vasculitis may have more pronounced Symptoms:

  • Lesions, ulcers or red or purple spots on the skin

  • Mottled skin coloration

  • Lumps or nodules

  • Abdominal pain

  • Joint pain

  • Bloody or dark urine

  • Nasal and sinus congestion

  • Vision problems


Ignoring your symptoms may delay a proper diagnosis and treatment, which can result in long-term damage to the affected areas. It’s important to speak with your doctor if you experience symptoms that are uncommon or concerning to you.