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Reddish Purple Skin Blemishes (Overview)

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


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Cause for red purple puffy under eye skin area?

Cause for red purple puffy under eye skin area?

Bug bite, infection: See your doctor if it doesn't resolve by tomorrow. An infection can spread into the actual orbital capsule of the eye. In the meantime, put a warm compress on the area of puffiness. Is it itchy, painful, or is there a discharge? These are things your doctor will need to know. ...Read more

Reddish Purple Skin Blemishes (Overview)

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


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

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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
Once
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My wife has purple spot on skin on her thigh and calves. What are the causes and what is the treatment?

My wife has purple spot on skin on her thigh and calves. What are the causes and what is the treatment?

Angiomas: What may be a small red to purple papule that is a normal finding on most skin. They usually develop in adulthood and have no medical complication. If the spots are sudden and only in one area, have your dermatologist assess the area for your concern. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
once
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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
Once
Avoid picking at them
Once
Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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I have burnt my skin with a iron on my hand now it's dark purple colour as I have brown skin what can I do or use to prevent bad scarring, help!?

I have burnt my skin with a iron on my hand now it's dark purple colour as I have brown skin what can I do or use to prevent bad scarring, help!?

Information: If there is no blster, the burn may 1st degree. The color is the inflammatory reacion the the burn. First degree burn is like sunburn and usually heals with minimal scar. Anthing greater may scar. Topical pressure with or without silicone or cortisone cream may help. Some otc products may also help. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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What is the definition or description of: Reddish purple skin blemishes?

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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Red/purple blemish on sole of mother's foot, (48 yrs) About 7mm not painful or itchy, no history of skin cancer what benign condition could cause this?

Red/purple blemish on sole of mother's foot, (48 yrs) About 7mm not painful or itchy, no history of skin cancer what benign condition could cause this?

Depends: A photo would be helpful... this description could be a number of things and it is difficult to say without seeing it. Common benign lesions on the bottom of the foot are warts, calluses, clogged sweat glands, foreign bodies, abscess, moles and blisters. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
Once
If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
Once
See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
Once
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I woke up with 2 areas of petechiae on my leg. No injury or med use. It's definitely petechiae. One of them turning purple other still red. Concern?

I woke up with 2 areas of petechiae on my leg. No injury or med use. It's definitely petechiae. One of them turning purple other still red. Concern?

No cause for anxiety: One or two petechiae does not mean anything serious. I would ask you to watch for any more of them appearing. If there are many more like 10 or more then you may have a cause for some concern in which case you should go see your primary care doctor and request a CBC and platelet count done. But it very unlikely that you will have to go that far. Good luck. ...Read more

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1 Cluster of 5-6 petechiae spots appeared on my thigh. Was red, then purple, now back to red. Can I wait on this or should I have it seen?

1 Cluster of 5-6 petechiae spots appeared on my thigh. Was red, then purple, now back to red. Can I wait on this or should I have it seen?

Wait: You can closely monitor this for a few days if indeed this is the only area involved. Possibly a bug bite which can cause a localized petechial rash at times. Also assuming no other unusual bruising or bleeding is present such as bloody noses and no fever or feeling of illness. If all is well other than the spot, monitor and see what happens. ...Read more

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Small circular raised mole appeared overnight. Surrounding skin is red w pinprick petechiae. Small petechiae over torso and arms for week come and go?

Small circular raised mole appeared overnight. Surrounding skin is red w pinprick petechiae. Small petechiae over torso and arms for week come and go?

See a doctor: This needs to be examined in order to even begin to speculate as to what this is. Show this to a doctor and perhaps to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have small red dots on my arms, legs and hands. Some have white rings around them and 3 have brown patches of skin. Help please! Could be petechiae?

I have small red dots on my arms, legs and hands. Some have white rings around them and 3 have brown patches of skin. Help please! Could be petechiae?

Uncertain diagnosis: These lesions would need to be examined, a history obtained & other tests may be necessary in order to diagnose them. Usually the lesions needs to be identified to determine the solution. ...Read more

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I had a bad fall and my lower back locked on me. Now I have purple, reddish spots on skin in the same place it's locked. What is that?

Bruise?: Is it like a bruise? Could be secondary to fall and a bruise, local hematoma. Or have you put heating pad on it or some muscle cream, gel that you reacted to locally? ...Read more

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My skin looks like it has veins running through it everywhere. They are smaller and reddish/purple. Is this normal?

My skin looks like it has veins running through it everywhere. They are smaller and reddish/purple. Is this normal?

Spider veins?: Veins are highly variable. Some people have very visible veins and others seem to have none. What you describe sounds like spider veins. These are tiny abnormal veins that may be a simple cosmetic issue but could indicate something bigger going on with the underlying larger veins. If these bother you, see a vein specialist who can answer that question and offer the best treatment options. ...Read more

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My daughter had pointed out these reddish purple spots on the back of my head that were never there before. Not itchy or raised up.?

My daughter had pointed out these reddish purple spots on the back of my head that were never there before. Not itchy or raised up.?

Mgt: It may be a contact dermatitis, if it spreads or is associated with other symptoms, medication may be needed. In the meantime, wash the area with a hypoallergenic soap such as Dove. ...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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I have a cyst under the skin on my butt cheek that one day started to hurt and has now grown and turned reddish purple with a white centre.?

I have a cyst under the skin on my butt cheek that one day started to hurt and has now grown and turned reddish purple with a white centre.?

Sounds like: Peri anal abscess that is ready to drain spontaneously. If it continues to cause pain, it is best to show it to a doctor. You might need to be on antibiotics. ...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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I have this small bump on my upper inner thigh that kinda looks purple black and brown. And the skin is red an inch all around it what is this?

I have this small bump on my upper inner thigh that kinda looks purple black and brown. And the skin is red an inch all around it what is this?

Purpura: Purpura occurs when small blood vessels join together or leak blood under the skin.
When purpura spots are very small, they are called petechiae. Large purpura are called ecchymoses.
Platelets help the blood clot. A person with purpura may have normal platelet counts (nonthrombocytopenic purpuras) or low platelet counts (thrombocytopenic purpuras). See your doctor. ...Read more

Bluish Purple Rash (Definition)

Skin rashes are rarely bluish or purplish. A dermatologist or other doctor can ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Petechiae (Definition)

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