What to Expect With Behcet's Disease

Treatment Options

Since there is no cure, the goal of treatment for Behcet's disease is to reduce pain and prevent serious problems, such as disability from arthritis or blindness. Common treatment options include:
  • Corticosteroids (medication to reduce pain and inflammation)
  • Immunosuppressive drugs (medication that helps control the immune system, reduce inflammation, and prevent disease flares)
  • Rest during flares
  • Moderate exercise, such as swimming or walking, during periods of remission (a disappearance of symptoms).
The type of medicine and the length of treatment for Behcet's disease depend on the person's symptoms and their severity. It is likely that a combination of treatment options will be needed to relieve specific symptoms of the condition. Patients should tell all their doctors about the different medicines they are taking so that the doctors can coordinate treatment.

Prognosis for Behcet's Disease

Although there is no cure for Behcet's disease, most people with the condition can lead productive lives and control their symptoms through:
  • Proper medication
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Healthy lifestyle.
When treatment is effective, flares usually become less frequent. Many patients eventually enter a period of remission (a disappearance of symptoms).
In some people, treatment for Behcet's disease 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 Behcet's disease.
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