Schamberg's Purpura

Scamberg's purpura is a condition of having leakage from the tiny capillaries in the superficial papillary dermis of the skin. It is caused by the leaky blood vessels present on the skin and veins. There is no definite treatment for this condition.

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How can I treat the small red dots on the side of my knee?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cluster of small red dots on side of the knee. It looks like a hickey. It is smooth, painless, and itch-free. It has been on the knee for about two months. I have attached images for your reference. What medicines should I take?  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Perhaps it is a Schamberg's purpura which is caused due to capillaritis. I suggest an oral vitamin C once daily. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss ...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Do I need biopsy for a lesion on my calf?

Query: Hello doctor, A lesion on my calf is bruising. My GP said it was only worrying because I am 20 and very healthy. I have been trying to get an appointment for it to be looked at since the summer and it was cancelled last week because of COVID-19. As I was becoming increasingly worried and my GP said...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. Your lesions on the calf are part of Schamberg's disease of pigmented purpuric dermatosis. It occurs when due to some reasons like prolonged standing, blood accumulates in lower limbs and there in vessels pressure increases, and they get...  Read Full »

How to treat Schamberg's disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I have Schamberg's disease, dry skin on face, ears, scalp, and mustache, redness on face, steroid induced erythema, geographic tongue, and fissured tongue. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Schamberg's disease is a progressive pigmentary dermatosis which basically involves lower legs. Have you consulted a dermatologist earlier? Please send images of body parts involved and revert back. Also, are there any associated symptoms?  Read Full »

I have reddish brown dots on my ankles. What can they be?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26 year old male, very active. I have these reddish brown dots on my ankles. I have had for at least four years now. They are only reddish when they are fresh and then they fade to like a dark brown like color. I also noticed that my ankles were becoming a bit swollen too. I star...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This appears to be a pigmented purpuric dermatoses. This is not a life-threatening or problematic condition. Only concern is of cosmetic appearance. We usually do not give any treatment for this. Are you receiving any medicines, or have any allergies, because it can...  Read Full »

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