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Can you tell me what could cause tiredness, petechiae spots and unexplained bruises?

Can you tell me what could cause tiredness, petechiae spots and unexplained bruises?

Thrombocytopenia?: Might see with medication reaction, or problem involving bone marrow. See your doctor and obtain hematological survey asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Petechiae (Definition)

Petechiae is a symptom in which a person has rashes of little purplish dots on the skin and other surfaces. Petechiae are caused by tiny hemorrhages (tiny bleeding spots under the skin), and can be caused by bleeding disorders, infections, excessive pressure on some capillaries ...Read more


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Causes for Petechiae with platelets at 331? Occasional petechia spots on chest and legs... Diagnosed but doctor doesn't know what it could be

Causes for Petechiae with platelets at 331? Occasional petechia spots on chest and legs... Diagnosed but doctor doesn't know what it could be

Petechia normal CBC: Occasionally no cause can be found, in these cases is Indicated to perform: a "platelets function assay" as well request a capillary function, but the patient are very symptomatic. Petechia refers to one of the three descriptive types of bleeding into the skin differentiated by size, the other two being purpura and ecchymosis. Petechiae are by definition less than 3 mm. The term is almost always used in the plural, since a single lesion is seldom noticed or significant. The most common cause of petechiae is through physical trauma such as a hard bout of coughing, holding breath, vomiting or crying, which can result in facial petechiae, especially around the eyes. Petechiae in this instance are harmless and usually disappear within a few days. Petechiae may be a sign of thrombocytopenia (low plateletcounts) when platelet function is inhibited (e.g., as a side effect of medications or during certain infections), or in clotting factor deficiencies.[1] They may also occur when excessive pressure is applied to tissue (e.g., when a tourniquet is applied to an extremity or with excessive coughing or vomiting). If unsure, petechiae should always be quickly investigated. They can be interpreted as vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels, which requires immediate treatment to prevent permanent damage. Some malignancies can also cause petechiae to appear. Petechiae should be investigated by a doctor to rule out the more dangerous conditions. The significance of petechiae in children depends on the clinical context in which they arise. Petechiae in children can occur with viral infections. In this instance, they do not necessarily signify a serious illness. However, they are a hallmark signal of some potentially serious illnesses, such as meningococcemia, leukemia, and certain causes of thrombocytopenia, of which meningococcemia can cause death within 48 hours of infection. Therefore, their presence should not be ignored. Petechiae (in the face) may also be present in cases of asphyxiation. ...Read more

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What causes random skin petechiae?

What causes random skin petechiae?

See your doctor: Random implies no cause. If you are trying to figure out why you have it consider very hot showers, trauma, shaving, and many other possibilities. Have your doctor take a look and discuss it with her. Often time the pattern or placement explains why it is there. ...Read more

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Can scrubbing the skin hard cause petechiae?

Can scrubbing the skin hard cause petechiae?

Yes: If a person's skin is rubbed hard enough, some of the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under the skin will break and appear as blood spots (petechiae). If a person is rubbing just one area of skin, and the petechiae appear just in that area, then the rubbing has caused the petechiae. If petechiae appear in non-rubbed areas, then another problem is causing them. ...Read more

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Hi, happy new year. Can hard scrubbing of the skin cause petechiae? And if yes, why does my petechiae keep coming and going, if I've stopped scrubbing

Hi, happy new year. Can hard scrubbing of the skin cause petechiae? And if yes, why does my petechiae keep coming and going, if I've stopped scrubbing

Yes: But there are multiple issues possible. Platelet dysfunction. Medications-aspirin and others will cause platelet dysfunction. Abnormal lab testing may show cause. ...Read more

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What causes petechiae on the breast?

What causes petechiae on the breast?

Probably benign: Petechiae are a small (1-2mm) red or purple spot on the body, caused by a minor hemorrhage (broken capillary blood vessels). Petechiae on the breast and not elsewhere is most likely caused by tight fitting bras or clothing. If it is recurrent and has no apparent cause (such as tight bras...), then you should see your doctor for a platelet count check. ...Read more

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Help! can anxiety and stress cause petechiae?

Help! can anxiety and stress cause petechiae?

No : I don't believe so. Here is an interesting report. Please see your family doctor asap. :vital signs: a stress case or a serious disease? - discover ... Discovermagazine.Com/.../17-vital-signs-s... Sep 17, 2011 - petechiae can be a side effect of Aspirin use. Infections can lead to petechiae, which ...Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes petechiae when platelet counts are normal?

What causes petechiae when platelet counts are normal?

Many causes: Platelet dysfunction( count may be normal but platelet function is defective), physical trauma, violent excessive cough can cause petechia especially around the eyes, asphyxiation, . ...Read more