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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Petechiae (Overview)

Petechiae = tiny red/purple spots on skin or mucus membranes due to broken capillaries.


Dr. Ana Adelstein
213 doctors shared insights

Petechiae (Overview)

Petechiae = tiny red/purple spots on skin or mucus membranes due to broken capillaries.


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Biopsy petechiae right arm: spongiotic psoriasiform dermatitis w/purpura. Drug eruption in a pt. W/underlying psoriasis or eruptive psoriasis exacerbated by a drug. What does this mean? Drug allergy?

Biopsy petechiae right arm: spongiotic psoriasiform dermatitis w/purpura. Drug eruption in a pt. W/underlying psoriasis or eruptive psoriasis exacerbated by a drug. What does this mean? Drug allergy?

See your doctor: This is what is called a "descriptive" path report. In these cases we construct a list of conditions that can produce this type of reaction pattern then try to narrow it down if possible. In these cases a good solid history needs to be taken to identify any possible cause (drug or other). I am afraid this can be a challenging process and sometimes we do not find the actual diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I waked up yesterday&found some tiny red spots on my cheek i think they r petechiae.How can I treat them? &what r ! possiple causes?

I waked up yesterday&found some tiny red spots on my cheek i think they r petechiae.How can I treat them? &what r ! possiple causes?

No treatment: Petechiae are due to bursting of tiny capillaries in the skin and if they occurred on only one area of one cheek, it suggests some low grade trauma(sneezing, pressure). It takes days for the petechiae to resolve and there is no treatment for them. However if petechiae start occurring in multiple parts of the body a check up is indicated to find the cause. ...Read more

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Why do some think petechiae is harmless?

Why do some think petechiae is harmless?

Petechiae: A medicine, such as Aspirin or blood thinners (anticoagulants).
Infection that causes the buildup of toxin in the blood or tissues (sepsis).A bleeding or clotting disorder, such as hemophilia, von willebrand's disease, thrombocytopenia, or another less common bleeding or clotting disorder.
Other diseases that affect clotting. ...Read more

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What is a treatment of petechiae caused by sjogren's syndrome and vasculitis? Does it go away without any treatment?

What is a treatment of petechiae caused by sjogren's syndrome and vasculitis? Does it go away without any treatment?

Petechiae: These are tiny bruises and will go away on their own. The more important question is whether the underlying disease is being adequately treated. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I get petechiae from vomiting. Is there a cure for morning sickness?

I get petechiae from vomiting. Is there a cure for morning sickness?

Available: There are many treatments for morning sickness. Some are over the counter and some are prescription. Emetrol is safe. 25mg of vitamin b6 with sominex has been shown to be effective. Bonnie tablets sometimes help. There are multiples prscription meds your doctor can give you too. Eating frequent small bland meals and not drinking when you eat (called a wet to dry diet) also helps. ...Read more

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I want to get rid of petechiae from vomiting. How do I get rid of it quickly?

I want to get rid of petechiae from vomiting. How do I get rid of it quickly?

Time: There isn't any way to get rid of them faster. The increase in intra-thoracic pressure causes the small surface capillaries to bleed.
They will resolve as the surrounding tissues reabsorb the blood. Unfortunately, there isn't anything you can do to speed up that process. ...Read more

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I have petechiae with no harmful conditions linked. Do the dots ever go away? How can I prevent more dots from showing up on the skin?

I have petechiae with no harmful conditions linked. Do the dots ever go away? How can I prevent more dots from showing up on the skin?

Yes: These are small areas of bleeding under the skin. There are many causes from — including prolonged straining, certain medical conditions, specific types of injuries and some medications. These will typically resolve once the blood is resorbed. ...Read more

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How to tell why i always get random petechiae ?

How to tell why i always get random petechiae ?

Petechial rash: You need to be checked by hematologist to run for you blood tests related to this phenomenon ...Read more

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4m/o diagnosed with petechiae the only sign is purple dots on shin. Prim dr said there's nothing they can do, but was wondering if there was something?

4m/o diagnosed with petechiae the only sign is purple dots on shin. Prim dr said there's nothing they can do, but was wondering if there was something?

Platelet count?: Petechiae occur when platelets are low, or with vasculitis. You do not mention if the patient had low platelets. Wiskott aldrich syndrome (was) is an x-linked genetic condition where males have low platelets, immune deficiencies with frequent otitis media, and increased risk of lymphoid cancer. X-linked thrombocytopenia is a mutation in was gene that doesn't cause cancer or frequent infections. ...Read more

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What does petechiae indicate?

What does petechiae indicate?

Low platelets: Platelets are cells that help you blood to clot. Petechiae can occur when platelet counts are low. This can be verified by a simple blood count (CBC) suggest you check if you are certain you have petechiae. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about petechiae?

Should I be concerned about petechiae?

Sign of bleeding: Petechiae result from bleeding from small vessels which result either from a blood disorder, most commonly low platelet count, or a disorder of the blood vessels. You should be evaluated by a physician and have a complete blood count performed to exclude a serious condition ...Read more

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Why do some think petechiae is harmless?

Petechiae: A medicine, such as Aspirin or blood thinners (anticoagulants).
Infection that causes the buildup of toxin in the blood or tissues (sepsis).A bleeding or clotting disorder, such as hemophilia, von willebrand's disease, thrombocytopenia, or another less common bleeding or clotting disorder.
Other diseases that affect clotting. ...Read more

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When should I be worried about petechiae?

When should I be worried about petechiae?

Maybe now: If you are known to have low platelets due to cancer or a bone marrow or immune disorder, and your doctor knows this, you probably needn't worry.

If however your doctor does NOT know you have low platelets and the petechiae have just appeared you should be seen TODAY for a platelet count. ...Read more

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How to tell why i always get random petechiae ?

Petechial rash: You need to be checked by hematologist to run for you blood tests related to this phenomenon ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Petechiae?

What is the definition or description of: Petechiae?

Petechiae: Petechiae = tiny red/purple spots on skin or mucus membranes due to broken capillaries. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why i always get random petechiae ?

Can you tell me reasons why i always get random petechiae ?

Lots of potentail: A number of things — including prolonged straining, certain medical conditions, specific types of injuries, infections and some medications - nsaids, quinine, nitrofurantoin, etc. If you are getting them, you should see your pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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I noticed I have some petechiae after my shower. Anything to worry about?

I noticed I have some petechiae after my shower.  Anything to worry about?

Petechiae: A medicine, such as Aspirin or blood thinners (anticoagulants).
Infection that causes the buildup of toxin in the blood or tissues (sepsis).
A bleeding or clotting disorder, such as hemophilia, von willebrand's disease, thrombocytopenia, or another less common bleeding or clotting disorder.
Other diseases that affect clotting. ...Read more

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I keep getting patches of petechiae in different places. They dont grow larger and disappear after about 24 hours. At ehat point shpukd i be concerned?

I keep getting patches of petechiae in different places. They dont grow larger and disappear after about 24 hours. At ehat point shpukd i be concerned?

Confirm it is petech: It is not easy to diagnose petechiae by non medical folks. if they are real they can not disappear in 24 hours because the real petechiae are small spots of bleeding in the skin. These are caused by either low platelet counts or damage to small blood vessels(vasculitis). You should get a medical checkup to find out what you actually have? ...Read more

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What is going on--raynaud's and petechiae?

What is going on--raynaud's and petechiae?

Be more specific: There are lots of processes can fall into those symptoms. ...Read more

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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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Does leukemia petechiae can turn to black color?

Does leukemia petechiae can turn to black color?

Yes: Sajni,

When petechiae clump together and turn a purplish black, that is called purpura. These can be a sign of a more serious condition, but sometimes they are harmless. You should see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long does petechiae appear after an injury or trauma?

How long does petechiae appear after an injury or trauma?

Quickly: These would appear shortly after trauma although there may be other courses for them such as a low platelet count. If you continue to get them you need to see your family doctor. ...Read more

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My 7 year old gets small patches of petechiae that come and go for about 8 months now. Should I be worried?

My 7 year old gets small patches of petechiae that come and go for about 8 months now. Should I be worried?

Petechiae not normal: Petechiae are not normal and are caused by low platelets or fragile vessels and if ill, infection, and CBC is a basic test. That said, it is not uncommon for someone to get petechiae on the face from coughing hard, straining or vomiting. It can also be seen from vigorous scratching, something that causes localized suction or a tourniquet-type wrap, and would not need further assessment. ...Read more

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Can petechiae grow bigger than two millimetres? Mine are almost a centimetre big and are slightly risen. I've had leukaemia before, is it back?

Can petechiae grow bigger than two millimetres? Mine are almost a centimetre big and are slightly risen. I've had leukaemia before, is it back?

Warning: Description of rash sounds like purpurae (similar to petichiae, but larger and sometimes from coalescing petichiae). With history of leukemia, it is time to let your physician know right away. ...Read more

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I have petechiae that show up whenever I scratch my skin too much. I've had it for a while but I've never gotten it looked at. Should I be concerned?

I have petechiae that show up whenever I scratch my skin too much. I've had it for a while but I've never gotten it looked at. Should I be concerned?

Yes check it out: This might be nothing but I would suggest you visit your physician just in case. He could run a complete blood count and see what your platelet levels are at. ...Read more