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Rare immune disorder: Common in kids, manifests as skin red rash, arthritis and abdominal pain which resolves spontaneously in most usually in 4 mos, but may have persistence and organ involvement in some, such as kidneys etc. Elevated reactive proteins CRP usually seen. Exact cause unknown but may happen after infections.Adults may have kidney injury.Biopsy of skin or kidney may be diagnostic. Treatment is symptomatic ...Read more
We don't know: The condition is referred to as idiopathic, which means that we haven't worked out the pathology, or mechanism of the problem. Purpura is bruising, senile purpura occurs in older people. It can be worsened by blood thinners such as aspirin, fish oil, Plavix or coumadin (warfarin). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lots of causes: Are you on any new medicines or supplements? Purpura are raised red/purple spots on the skin. There are many causes of purpura, some are serious. Discovering the cause may take some time, but it is important to find out why. Here's a good discussion of the causes and the workup: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003232.htm Never worry until you have to. Wastes energy. Go play! ...Read more
IgA vasculitis: Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is purpura (pinpoint bleeding) in the skin caused by inflammation in blood vessels (vasculitis) of the skin. In 2/3 of the cases, HSP follows an upper respiratory infection. HSP is most common in children & is usually self-limited. In adults HSP has a tendency to be more severe. In a small minority of cases, HSP can cause severe kidney or bowel disease. ...Read more
I have had purpura for 6 years or so, but the spots are spreading all over my body. The spots itch when I'm to hot and when im cold. What can I do?
May start as rash: The rash may start above the feet and progress over the knees. It does not blanche if you press on it and release it, because the little red spots are bleeds, called petechiae. Next the feet swell and may develop pitting edema. You now need an immunologist assessment and therapy with steroids to prevent kidney involvement and arrest progression of this autoimmune disease.Serum IGA may be high. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Commonly uncommon: Quoted figures are between 6 and 22 per 100,000 children. So if you estimate 1 in 10,000, most pediatricians will see a few cases in their careers, and most people (friends, neighbors and family) will never have heard of it. Consider it a common disease that is uncommonly seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer