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My sister started bleeding from gums and got purple, brown patches on her skin and her platelets count is also reduced. What is the disease and cure?

My sister started bleeding from gums and got purple, brown patches on her skin and her platelets count is also reduced. What is the disease and cure?

See physician ASAP: It could be bleeding disorder thrombocytopenia, or another problem with coagulation or excessive bleeding. Causes could be leukemia, immune disorder, or side effect of medications, amongst others. The underlying disorder needs to be found- some patients need medications, modification of dietary intake, transfusions or surgery. She needs to be under care of physician- internal bleeding can occur. ...Read more

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Hi, I have noticed patch of purple skin around my anus. It has well defined edge and it doesn't itch just looks odd. What could be the cause?

Hi, I have noticed patch of purple skin around my anus. It has well defined edge and it doesn't itch just looks odd. What could be the cause?

Skin color anus: Is this a new change or has it been there? If it has been there it may be normal for you. If it is new, have it checked. It may reflect a change in blood flow or a birth mark. Have your doctor see it. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a rash-type patch of skin near the groin area and I don't know what it is. It doesn't itch, and is rough and dry. It is brown/purple-ish?

I have a rash-type patch of skin near the groin area and I don't know what it is. It doesn't itch, and is rough and dry. It is brown/purple-ish?

Send us a picture: You can upload a picture of the rash at www. Imgur. Com
the picture will be tagged with its own URL website

You can resubmit the question to us again with the URL address listed and we will be able to view it. This is all done anonymously. ...Read more

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I have a purple & white patch near where a bartholin's cyst would be - it's hard (like an infected gland) but there is also a clear topical skin patch?

I have a purple & white patch near where a bartholin's cyst would be - it's hard (like an infected gland) but there is also a clear topical skin patch?

See an OB: You need an exam and a pair of real OB eyes to sort out this problem, hard to diagnose this by virtual consultation. See an OB and get some good advice and treatment... ...Read more

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I have a patch of blue-ish purple skin below my testicles, between my buttcheeks near my anus?

I have a patch of blue-ish purple skin below my testicles, between my buttcheeks near my anus?

See below: If the area doesn't get larger over time, it is probably a hemangioma (birthmark). If it is tender and feels like a lump, it could be a hemorrhoid. If a birthmark doesn't change and doesn't bother you, leave it alone ...Read more

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Legs turn purple with white internal blotches and red raised patches on skin when standing for even short period of time (5 min)?

Legs turn purple with white internal blotches and red raised patches on skin when standing for even short period of time (5 min)?

Need more informatio: May be related to the fact you're standing in the blood is pooling, but with the presence of patches of red and raised there are other things we think of. We see this sometimes and people who have elevated immuno globulins call hyperglobulinemia Purpura. You need to discuss with your physician whether it's something as simple as blood pooling or the elevated globulins or something else ...Read more

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I have recently gotten skin coloured and pink to purplish small bumps theirs a patch of them right beside my right armpit and thighs help?!?!

I have recently gotten skin coloured and pink to purplish small bumps theirs a patch of them right beside my right armpit and thighs help?!?!

Without pic???: The most common cause of a localized ("beside my armpit" "thighs") is skin contact with an irritant or something to which you are allergic. Review all topical products: deodorant, lotion, soap, etc. Unless there is redness/swelling/possible drainage, it is likely not an infection. Two sites:not shingles. OK to try OTC topical cortisone cream/ointment to see if helps. May need exam by your provider. ...Read more

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Just noticed a sm bump on scalp with a bald patch. Area is tender. Spot is purplish & doc thinks its a mole. Derm appt in 3+ wks. I've had headache for 2+ days. I also hit head hard there 4 months ago.

Just noticed a sm bump on scalp with a bald patch. Area is tender. Spot is purplish & doc thinks its a mole. Derm appt in 3+ wks. I've had headache for 2+ days. I also hit head hard there 4 months ago.

Headaches: As physicians we try to put all the symptoms and aspects of he history to come together to diagnose a one single condition. However, it is possible that in your case, you are dealing with three different unrelated problems. I am glad you have the appointment scheduled to check the scalp. That is a start. ...Read more

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Is purple-bluish skin normal?

Is purple-bluish skin normal?

Skin color: This an indication of purpura (blood under the skin). As a patient ages, the skin thins, and this can be a normal phenomenon, especially if the patient is on blood thinners, aspirin, nsaids, vitamin E, garlic, fish oil, etc. However, this would not be normal in younger patients. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reddish purple skin blemishes?

Purpura: Purpura may be a small or larger reddish purple lesion caused by rupture of a small blood vessel. ...Read more

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What allergic reactions could make your skin break out with purple lines?

Allergic Reaction: I am sorry but I have never heard of purple lines associated with an allergic reaction. There is something known as "striae" which are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue (aka. Stretch marks). Get in to see a doctor since this rash must be seen to be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Soft purple/dark growth under skin on face. Not painful. Had for 3mths. Stays about the same size. Sometimes swells then goes down. Should I worry?

Soft purple/dark growth under skin on face. Not painful. Had for 3mths. Stays about the same size. Sometimes swells then goes down. Should I worry?

Let Doc see it.: Any new skin and lesion, especially those that continuously change, should be checked by a specialist. Make an appointment with your Dermatologist. The Doctor may even need to biopsy it to reach a diagnosis. In the meantime, don't try to pop it, and use a daily sunblock. ...Read more

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Hi! Okay so sometimes when I get cold I get kind of purple lines that appear on my skin. It isn't affecting my health but I was wondering what it is?

Hi! Okay so sometimes when I get cold I get kind of purple lines that appear on my skin. It isn't affecting my health but I was wondering what it is?

Raynaud's phenomena: This could be a sign of rain nodes phenomenon or a no it's disease. If your hands or feet are cold and have these purple discoloration could be an answer. It is probably worth seeing your primary care physician to confirm or suggest another possibility. That is Raynauds. ...Read more

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I have got purple spots on top of my head?

I have got purple spots on top of my head?

Insect bite: Can be dry skin, insect bite, inflamed hair follicular, allergy to shampoo, etc. Check with dermatologist if not resolved. ...Read more

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What could cause purple-brown skin lesions?

Have it evaluated.: There are many things that may cause a discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and cancer can cause a discoloration of the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash or a discoloration of the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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The skin around my rectum is purple. What does that mean?

Hemorrhoid: This is usually an indication of hemorrhoids. A hemorrhoid is a dilated vein, hence the purple color. Avoid constipating foods. Do not read on the toilet, and try a stool softener. ...Read more

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My friend committed suicide by hanging himself and his head swell & turned purple. Why/how did this happen?

My friend committed suicide by hanging himself and his head swell & turned purple. Why/how did this happen?

Suicide: I'm so sorry for your loss, at such a young age -- and perhaps your friend was very young also. I don't know what was happening inside him that he committed suicide, but many people who do that are very depressed. They also lose hope. Some may be intoxicated with substances, obliterating healthy judgment. Swelling and discoloration occur when circulation is cut off, as in hanging. ...Read more

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When people die from being hung does their head always swell & turn purple? Is their a way to prevent it from happening?

When people die from being hung does their head always swell & turn purple? Is their a way to prevent it from happening?

Strange Question: Depending from the height a person falls determines mechanism of death. From a greater ht the rope often 'breaks their neck' ; death occurs more quickly. Otherwise the rope blocks the blood supply to the brain from carotid arteries, but the rope also keeps blood from draining away from the head, thus some swelling builds up. The sooner a mortician can have access to the body the better appearance. ...Read more

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Causes of purple and white mottled skin on the legs?

Causes of purple and white mottled skin on the legs?

Mottled skin: It may be cutis marmorata. A non serious condition characterized by purple and white blotch legs. There are not itchy or painful. A doctor should evaluate to make sure there is no underlying circulation issues. ...Read more

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Is stress one cause of purple spotting on one's skin?

Is stress one cause of purple spotting on one's skin?

Purpura: The following could cause nonthrombocytopenic purpura:
disorders affecting blood clotting,
certain congenital (present at or before birth) disorders such as rubella and cytomegalovirus,
certain medications (including steroids and those that affect platelet functioning),
weak blood vessels,
inflammation in the blood vessels (including henoch-schonlein purpura),
scurvy (severe lack of vitamin c). ...Read more

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Is it normal to have purple-bluish skin on your feet at 55?

Is it normal to have purple-bluish skin on your feet at 55?

It depends: It is generally not normal but maybe not dangerous. If you have purple-blue feet that are cold and painful when your feet are up and better when your feet are down, see a doctor immediately. The arterial supply in your legs may be dangerously compromised. If you have painful purple-blue feet when your legs are down and the color improves when they are up, it's likely related to varicose veins. ...Read more

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Why does my skin tint grey/blue/purple when cold and red when hot?

Skin rainbow: Most likely these color changes are due to the vascular response (blood vessles) in the skin. When we are hot, the vessles dialate so more blood can flow thru and release heat to the environemnt. Its one of natures way of cooling us down. The more blood in the skin the redder it will look. The opposite happens when it is cold, the vessles constrict and you can get that blue/grey hue. ...Read more

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My skin is brown and purple around my brown recluse bite. Am I experiencing necrosis?

My skin is brown and purple around my brown recluse bite. Am I experiencing necrosis?

See doctor: Brown recluse bites can have necrosis and have a high rate of getting infected with msra so see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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My 1 1/2 month old has a squishy purple looking bump on the back of his head. It's been there since he was born. What could it be?

My 1 1/2 month old has a squishy purple looking bump on the back of his head. It's been there since he was born. What could it be?

A birthmark!: It is a capillary hemangioma. They are benign tumors that tend to grow but will resolve in time. The color will fade first and the hemangioma will shrink and disappear in due time. Just be careful when combing his hair cause it can irritate the birthmark, if you will take pictures to keep track of it. ...Read more

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Have a purple ring around my anus and a small pea sized, not squishy but somewhat hard, thing underneath the skin, some what worried any insite?

Have a purple ring around my anus and a small pea sized, not squishy but somewhat hard, thing underneath the skin, some what worried any insite?

Not normal: Please see your doctor for an examination. You might have an infection or some other type of issue. I know it can be embarrassing to have a doctor look at such a private place, but it is important. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had pain and blood when wiping for years now. I have noticed purple skin in my anus also. And a long flap of skin just near my anus opening?

I have had pain and blood when wiping for years now. I have noticed purple skin in my anus also. And a long flap of skin just near my anus opening?

Likely hemorrhoid: Though likely just a hemorrhoid, though occasionally, crohns disease can present with elongated purple perianal skin tag, also a chronic fissure can have a sentinel tag as you describe with an underlying fissure...I suggest you have it checked out. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have purple-bluish skin only on legs?

No: This type of skin discoloration has many causes. Some causes are benign, some are more serious. I would have a dermatologist evaluate this problem to make find out if it is something to worry about. ...Read more

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I have a purple spot on my penis head. What can it be?

I have a purple spot on my penis head. What can it be?

See Your Doctor: Unfortunately, it is something that would need to be seen to diagnose. Please see your doctor to have it checked out. ...Read more

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My penis head turned purple after ejaculating. Is this normal?

My penis head turned purple after ejaculating. Is this normal?

Yes, it can be. ..: The color and texture of glans penis widely vary between its erection and flaccidity, reflecting the degree of circulation of blood flow; at erection, more arterial blood &. .. Hence, what you observed could be normal for you as long as feeling comfortable and being like that all the time. More? Seek evaluation and counseling by verifying what you observed with what doc would perceive. ...Read more

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What can I do about small rash of purple/red pinprick size dots under skin?

What can I do about small rash of purple/red pinprick size dots under skin?

Be seen: It could be one of several things. You can have it checked by the doctor for a diagnosis and then discuss the possibly treatments. ...Read more

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Sometimes the head of my 3 months olds penis is very very purple. Is this normal?

Sometimes the head of my 3 months olds penis is very very purple. Is this normal?

Temperature: As you said, if it is sometimes and there is no swilling or pain, it may be temperature related.
Not to worry. ...Read more

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I have a skin tag that turned blackish purple, what does this mean and what should I do?

I have a skin tag that turned blackish purple, what does this mean and what should I do?

Black Skin Tag: Accidental pinching or twisting of the tag could restrict blood flow to the growth, leading the tag to die and turn black. Though likely still harmless, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to have the growth examined and possibly removed. ...Read more

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My one year old fell and hit his head now he has a huge lump and its dark purple should I be concerned?

My one year old fell and hit his head now he has a huge lump and its dark purple should I be concerned?

Hmmm: If he/she fell from a height (a chair, table etc.) then you should see the doc just to be sure. Most falls while standing, walking or running do not cause severe injuries unless the child lands on something very hard or pointed. Lacerations need stitches of course, but bruises/lumps heal fine. If the child starts vomiting go to er. If the child acts very tired or lethargic/sleepy go to the er. ...Read more

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Accidentally shave a skin tag. But it didn't came off. It turn black/purple. Will it come off by its own?

Accidentally shave a skin tag. But it didn't came off. It turn black/purple. Will it come off by its own?

Likely: You may have cut enough of the stalk to deprive the tag of its blood supply, in which case the dead skin will fall off. ...Read more