Can you become resistant to prednisone after many treatments?

This is not thought to occur as a general rule. Need for an increased dose of prednisone is thought to indicate that the level of inflammation is higher....

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Should I get a flu shot?

Yes, patients with vasculitis should get a flu shot every fall. The treatments taken by most patients with vasculitis make them at higher risk of getting infections like influenza A, which could be severe. Patients should get the regular flu shot, which is a “killed virus” vaccine an unable to…...

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Should I be on a particular diet?

This is a general question that cannot be answered specifically without knowing the patient’s individual situation. A well-balanced diet following recommendations of the American Heart Association is usually sufficient. In patients with high blood pressure, a low-salt diet maybe necessary. Patients with renal insufficiency will have specific restrictions of protein…...

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Are there other health issues related to vasculitis that I need to be aware of?

Yes, other health issues have to be kept in mind in patients who have vasculitis. Some can be related to vasculitis directly and others can be related to side effects......

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What are the chances of recovering nerve damage caused by vasculitis?

The earlier that vasculitis is identified and treated the greater the chance of recovery from nerve damage. Unfortunately, many times recovery may only mean a partial recovery that may take many months or years to happen....

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