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I have vascular purpura on my arms that never goes away. The skin feels rough and bumpy. very depressing please help

By Anonymous August 5, 2018 - 4:16pm
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I get terrible marks just brushing against something. It seems like I get marks when I'm sleeping. It never clears up. I don't take blood thinners. I was told nothing can be done. I don't want to wear short sleeves because people stare. Any help is appreciated.

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Hello, Anon. Thank you for writing.

Purpura, also called blood spots or skin hemorrhages refers to purple-colored spots (or marks) that are most recognizable on the skin. The type of treatment your doctor will prescribe depends on the cause of your purpura. Adults diagnosed with mild thrombocytopenic purpura may recover without any intervention.

You will need treatment if the disorder causing purpura doesn’t go away on its own. Treatments include medications and sometimes surgery (to remove the spleen in some patients). You may also be asked to stop taking medications that impair platelet function, such as aspirin, blood thinners, and ibuprofen if at all possible. I would suggest getting a second opinion about treatment if you have not done so already.

It can be difficult to cope with a chronic condition. Reaching out and talking with others who have the disorder might help. Check online for support groups that can connect you with others who have purpura. You can search groups on our website also, about chronic illness support.

Please keep us updated.


August 5, 2018 - 4:39pm
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