Thursday, February 22, 2018 by Janine Acero
Cryoglobulinemia is a disease caused by abnormal immunoglobulins called cryoglobulins in the blood. Cryoglobulins tend to clump together in colder temperatures, which cause blood plasma to become very thick. This can block normal blood flow to tissue and organs, which damages the blood vessels (vasculitis).
Cryoglobulinemia is characterized by rashes on the lower extremities, arthritis, weakness and neuropathy (nerve damage).
There are three main types of this condition. They are grouped based on the type of antibody that is produced:
Type I is most often related to cancer of the blood, while Types II and III are most often associated with a chronic inflammatory condition, such as hepatitis C.
Other conditions that may be related to cryoglobulinemia include:
As cold temperatures play a role in cryoglobulinemia, people may experience flares during colder months. The most common symptoms of cryoglobulinemia are fatigue, joint pain, numbness or weakness, and a rash that looks like red spots or purple bruises (purpura), usually over the lower legs.
Cryoglobulinemia damages the nerves and blood vessels. It may also cause cancer of the blood.
Reduce inflammation and swelling of the joints by adding the following food items to your daily diet:
To keep inflammation at bay, limit your alcohol intake and avoid processed foods that are often high in unhealthy fats, salts, and sugars, such as packaged meats, cookies, chips, and other snacks.
Treatment and management of cryoglobulinemia often involve dealing with the severity of damage, underlying conditions, and prior therapies, with the aim of preventing further organ damage, reducing pain, and improving the patient’s overall quality of life.
For mild cases, patients are usually advised to avoid cold weather and environments. In more moderate to severe cases, a number of treatment options include:
Cryoglobulinemia is a disease caused by an abundance of blood proteins called cryoglobulins, which tend to clump together in colder temperatures. This causes blood plasma to become very thick, blocking the blood flow to tissue and organs, which damages the blood vessels.
Cryoglobulinemia is characterized by rashes on the lower extremities, arthritis, weakness, and neuropathy.
Type I cryoglobulinemia is associated with cancer of the blood, while Types II and III are associated with chronic inflammatory conditions like hepatitis C.
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