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The goal of Behcet's disease treatment is to reduce pain and prevent serious problems caused by the disease. The type of medicine and the length of Behcet's disease treatment depend on the person's symptoms and their severity. Common Behcet's disease treatment options include corticosteroids and other medications, and rest during flare-ups of the disease. As an adjunct to Behcet's disease treatment, moderate exercise can help people keep their joints strong and flexible.

Behcet's Disease Treatment: An Overview

Although there is no cure for Behcet's disease, people can usually control symptoms with:
 
  • Proper medication
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Healthy lifestyle.
 
The goal of Behcet's disease treatment is to reduce pain and prevent serious problems, such as disability from arthritis or blindness. Common Behcet's disease 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 Behcet's disease treatment methods will be needed to relieve specific symptoms. Patients should tell each of their doctors about all of the medicines they are taking so that the doctors can coordinate treatment.
 

Topical Medicine as a Behcet's Disease Treatment

Topical medicine is applied directly on the sores to relieve pain and discomfort. For example, doctors may prescribe rinses, gels, or ointments. Creams are used to treat skin and genital sores. The medicine usually contains corticosteroids (which reduce inflammation), other anti-inflammatory drugs, or an anesthetic, which relieves pain.
 
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