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A 23-year-old female asked:

Small red pinpoint spots, like tiny spots of blood on arms,back,abdomen. a few here and there, non-itchy, not raised. what could they be?

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
Internal Medicine - Oncology 49 years experience
Capillary hemangioma: These may be capillary hemangioma a, a perfectly harmless tiny cluster of blood vessels. If you suddenly get a huge increase in their number or size, consult a dermatologist or internist.
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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Petechiae are by definition less than 3 millimeters in size. They could come up as a result of medications, micro trauma or other conditions. If they are new and appearing in greater numbers, good to get them checked out. I once had a patient with petechiae in the shape of a skateboard he had laid on- turns out he had a platelet problem.
Jun 4, 2014
Dr. Eric Chevlen
Internal Medicine - Oncology 49 years experience
Provided original answer
Petechiae, as noted, may look like tiny red dots, but more commonly present initially on lower legs. A capillary hemangioma will usually blanch somewhat with pressure ( like pressing clear plastic over it) but petechiae do not blanch.
Jun 4, 2014
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