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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Petechiae (Overview)

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 (tiny blood vessels), etc...


Dr. Julie Abbott
190 doctors shared insights

Petechiae (Overview)

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 (tiny blood vessels), etc...


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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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