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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. Ira Katz
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Petechiae (Definition)

Petechiae = tiny red/purple spots on skin or mucus membranes ...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 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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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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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

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What causes petechiae on both legs all of a sudden?

What causes petechiae on both legs all of a sudden?

Could be low plts: Individuals with itp or other causes of decreased platelets can develop small red dots on the dependent portions of their legs (also known as petechiae). See your physician to determine if low platelets are the problem and why they may be low. ...Read more

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Any diseases carried by mice in UK which could cause petechiae in humans? (my 10 month old daughter and my 3 year old son have a few, they are well)

Any diseases carried by mice in UK which could cause petechiae in humans? (my 10 month old daughter and my 3 year old son have a few, they are well)

PETECHIAE IN CHILD: Both children should be seen now ! PETECHIAE can be very serious. It is best to have them seen now so they can be appropriately examined with thorough history and blood tests. I know it's in the middle of the morning but get them check ! ...Read more

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Which diseases are carried by mice and cat fleas in UK which could cause petechiae in humans? (my 10 month old daughter and 3 year old son have a few)

Which diseases are carried by mice and cat fleas in UK which could cause petechiae in humans? (my 10 month old daughter and 3 year old son have a few)

Not many: Dog and cat fleas in the UK are generally not a source of transmission of serous diseases to humans. They can cause tape worm infestation which would have abdominal to be a sign of serious disease, one would expect the rash to change rapidly and kids wouldnt be feeling well in a short course. In any case, the kids need to be examined to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Can HIV infection cause petechiae after 5 months exposure ?

Can HIV infection cause petechiae after 5 months exposure ?

Not necessarily, but: Petechiae are usually associated with a low platelet count. While long-term HIV infection can cause a variety of medical problems, petechiae is not a very common issue. When I see petechiae in an HIV patient, I usually get concerned about a condition called ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura), which can occur in advanced HIV infection. However, there are other conditions that can cause this. ...Read more

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Could sleeping on my chest with my left arm underneath could cause petechiae to appear on that arm. only lasted a day. Shoul I be concern?

Could sleeping on my chest with my left arm underneath could cause petechiae to appear on that arm. only lasted a day. Shoul I be concern?

It is certainly: possible that prolonged compression from sleeping on your arm could cause this finding. It is unlikely you have a hematological disorder or that you are taking platelet inhibiting drugs but it wouldn't hurt to ask your health care provider to review your medications list and get a platelet count blood test just to be sure. ...Read more

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Can tight clothing cause Petechiae ? I have several on my chest and a large patch where my underwire from bra hits. Platelets at 331

Can tight clothing cause Petechiae ? I have several on my chest and a large patch where my underwire from bra hits. Platelets at 331

Petechiae?: hello ~ YES definitely. A primary sign of asphxyiation in death from strangulation, is petechiae at point of causation, being a ligature or rope or hands on the neck to cause the constriction. If you are talking about clothing, its likely to be in the groin, axilla, cuffs and any other point of constriction. Also note the constriction is severe, so wearing clothes this tight makes no sense.. ...Read more

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I have dermatillomania and pick my cuticles on one hand. Have for years. Could this cause petechiae (formed over years) running up this same arm?

I have dermatillomania and pick my cuticles on one hand. Have for years. Could this cause petechiae (formed over years) running up this same arm?

Yes!: Could be sign of infection, traveling up your arm. Is it warmer than other arm? Thicker? Fact that it's been happening gradually means its slow, not acute. Plus you take nsaid, which increases likelihood of bleeding issues (and advil=ibuprofen, so i hope you dont take both). Things i'd talk to your doc about next: top 2 clotting probs, thyroid, possibility of needing ssri for picking. Be well. ...Read more