Petechiae and Purpura

require any medication

A sudden development of a rash that spreads quickly over hours is a serious indication of an underlying complicated disorder. Petechiae skin purpuras are commonly observed in the case of blood abnormalities. Petechiae and purpura are two such rashes that point out to platelet disorders and need immediate medical attention. The Petechiae rash appears as small flat, spots that are purple or red in color.

Most people have small red pinhead spots on their bodies and these spots or hemangiomas do not pose a problem. However in the case of petechiae the development of red or purple colored spots appears almost spontaneously and spread throughout the body in a matter of hours. The growth and spread of these spots required immediate medical attention as it is a severe indication of an internal bleeding.

These spots do not lighten in color if pressure is applied on them and this is the reason they differ from the spots caused by atypically visible blood vessels, which disappear if they are pressed. Petechiae rashes are the result of some bleeding on the surface of the skin, typical found on the lower limbs but also spread to other areas of the body. Because blood from the affected blood vessel seeps into the skin, it gives the rash its reddish tinge. Whilst age is not a barrier for the infection, it is more commonly seen in children.

Typically occurring without any trauma, Purpura typically is the result of a bleeding ailment or an acute illness. Its occurrence could be rapid or may take a few days and it can be found over a large area of the body or may be restricted in a small part.

Purpura can occur in any part of the body but is commonly found on the shins. Whilst the larger percentages of people who are infected are adults, it not surprising to be found in children either.

Causes of petechiae are varied. Typically, it may be caused due to a wound, immunity system ailments, coagulation disorders as well as treatments such as chemotherapy. A drop in the level of platelets in the blood and certain medical prescriptions like aspirin and cortisone are also known risk factors.

Petechiae itself does not require any medication and is treated by targeting the actual infection or disorder. Symptomatic relief can be gained by apply cool compresses to the affected site.