Behcet’s disease is a fairly rare disorder that is more likely to affect people from the Middle East and Asia, though it can occur anywhere. This condition can be frustrating to diagnose and treat since not a lot is known about it.
It is autoimmune in nature, which refers to a condition where the natural immune system somehow gets confused and starts attacking healthy tissue. In other words, these diseases occur when your body begins to attack itself.
Understanding the symptoms of this disease are important in making sure you get off on the right foot towards a proper diagnosis. Without context, these symptoms can seem unrelated to one another since they affect different parts of the body. If you suspect you might have this condition, it’s important to speak with a medical professional for a formal diagnosis. Many medications exist that can help manage symptoms, as well as natural options.
Let’s take a look at 8 common symptoms.
1. Mouth Sores
These sores can be very uncomfortable and can vary widely in presentation. They can also appear on any area of the mouth, from the front of the lips to the back of the throat (or anywhere in between, including on the tongue).
Identifying these sores can be difficult at first since they can take a lot of forms. They could be very shallow, while others can be surprisingly deep. It’s not uncommon for these sores to result in a lot of pain and discomfort, although smaller ones may not irritate you. They may go away completely or leave a scar.
You may notice increased discomfort when eating foods that are acidic (like fruit juice or soda), salty (like chips or salted nuts), or spicy (like hot sauce or salsa). These foods irritate sores and not only hurt, but they can also make the sores worse or cause them to take longer to heal.