Petechiae is a small red spot formed due to bleeding under the skin. Petechiae occurs when blood capillaries break under the skin, and the common causes are infections, reactions to medications, trauma, and a blood-clotting disorder. This spot fades away once the cause of petechiae is treated.

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I recently noticed reddish-brown spots on my palms and under the fingernails of my right hand. How to get rid of the reddish spots?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 45 years old, and a month ago, I noticed reddish-brown spotting on my palms and under the fingernails of my right hand. I tried to wash them off, but they did not go away. However, I do not have any pain. Kindly help me find a solution to get rid of this.  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Had these lesions appeared after some heavy manual work? They look like old hemorrhagic marks. Following some event, there might have been a mild bleed under the skin. When that happens, the red blood cells can break and release hemoglobin. The hemoglobin contains iron, w...  Read Full »

Are the recurrent red spots on my 9-year-old son's ears and cheek petechiae?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9-years-old son has gotten this rash (pictures attached) on the cheeks and ear for the last couple of weeks, especially after a long night's sleep. They disappeared after one or two days, and he got them again. It appears only on cheeks and ears, not anywhere else. He had got these...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the information provided and looking at the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), is there a possibility of an allergic reaction or an insect bite? Before going further, I would like to know a little more information. Is he complaining ...  Read Full »

Why are there vascular lines and petechiae in middle back?

Query: Hi doctor, I saw today that my husband has this vascuar lines and petechias in his middle back but I could not do a diagnosis. I am a general physician but not a dermatologist. Is this condition a vasculitis or something I should worry about?  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have observed the picture and also gone through the history of present and past illness (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I could observe that there is tendency for the lesions to assume a shape that is generally seen due to excoriation. This implies t...  Read Full »

Are the red dots under my skin that come and go petechiae?

Query: Hi doctor,I have noticed red dots under my skin for the past few weeks. They come and go in different parts of my body. Yesterday I noticed a couple after wearing tight shoes. I am concerned about petechiae. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Petechiae are 1 to 3 mm in size and usually occur in ten or hundred in numbers. One to two spots are formed due to local compression on capillaries. For the evaluation of a hemorrhagic tendency, I suggest you get PT (prothrombin time), aPTT (act...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to protect me from sunlight.

Query: Hi doctor, Two years back during my holidays, I developed a large rash over the whole of my legs. It was described as petechiae when I got back to my native. The infection had got into my blood stream and my white blood cell count was extremely high. It took some time for it to return to normal. I a...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The problem quoted by you as a petechia with blood stream infection and increased white blood cell count is broad in the sense it can include, Sepsis due to bacterial infection. Viral hemorrhagic fever. Parasitic infections. Whatever might be the cause; infe...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the tiny, isolated red spots on the arms and chest?

Query: Hi doctor, I have tiny, isolated red dots on the arms (four on the left arm, three on the right arm), some on the chest away from each other. I am six feet two inches tall and weigh 250 pounds. I have an anxiety disorder (hypochondria). I am taking Coversyl (Perindopril) for hypertension and Allopur...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The red spots over your skin could be due to petechiae. Petechiae are tiny red, flat spots that appear on your skin. They are caused by bleeding. They can sometimes be multiple and may appear as a rash. Do you get bruised easily, or does your blood take long to clot whe...  Read Full »

What are the risk factors associated with leukemia?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some petechiae. I do not know for how long I am having this. I saw about five doctors, none of them are concerned, but the thing is that it does not go away, and I am scared of leukemia. They did not ask me to do any blood test, and I would like a good and honest answer from yo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Actually, these tiny spots can be due to allergic reactions, and honestly, I would suggest you not to worry because this is no sign of leukemia or any serious complications. It is just an allergic reaction. Causes can be shaving cream or razor...  Read Full »

What causes Schamberg disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some red flat dots on my feet, ankles, and leg. They are petechiae because they do not blanch. I do not have many of them, but I feel that they always tend to fade and come back in the same spot. I do not know if it is normal. I consulted with five doctors, and none of them ord...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your case, and there is nothing to be worried about. It is capillaritis or Schamberg disease. In both conditions, blood oozes out from blood vessels and gets deposited in the skin layers. There is a variation of skin color, some have dark skin tone, and oth...  Read Full »

How to get rid of pigmented purpuric dermatosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some flat red dots on my feet, ankles, and leg. They are petechiae because they do not blanch. I do not have many of them, but they always tend to fade and come back in the same spots. I do not know if it is normal. I consulted five doctors, and I have not got my blood tested. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please attach photographs to suggest the diagnosis and treatment. It might be pigmented purpuric dermatosis, a kind of pigmentation due to vascular stasis, seen on the lower legs and around ankles, but I need to see it to confirm. Kindly send ...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of my severe chronic back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 38 years old, and I am not overweight. Can you explain what this letter means, please? Multilevel heterogeneous marrow signal changes note that follow fatty marrow signal in articular lower thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine follows fat signals. On the lower spine, L5/S1 showed mild...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can only explain what had been written in the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As I do not have the films to see, it is an interpretation of an interpretation (also, I gather that neurologist is not convinced about something and wants to rev...  Read Full »

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