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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is IgA vasculitis (Henoch-Schonlein purpura)?

A disease that causes the inflammation and bleeding of small blood vessels. The most commonly affected areas include the skin, joints, intestines and kidneys. This can cause rashes, stomach pain and kidney damage. Although it can affect anyone, it is more common in children under 10 years of age. The cause of this disease is not well-understood, but it may be the result of an immune system problem.

Symptoms of IgA vasculitis (Henoch-Schonlein purpura)

  • Purple rash

  • Red spots on the skin

  • Purple rash over legs

  • Bloody or red urine

  • Fever

  • Bruising easily

  • Joint pain

  • Purplish spotty rashes, occurring after tummy pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for IgA vasculitis (Henoch-Schonlein purpura)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose IgA vasculitis (Henoch-Schonlein purpura)

  • Do you have purple spots on your skin?

  • Do you have small red dots which look like bleeding under the skin?

  • Do you have small dark purple dots on your feet?

  • Have you ever had red or brown urine (hematuria)?

  • Do you have a fever?

Treatment for IgA vasculitis (Henoch-Schonlein purpura)

HSP usually resolves on its own within a month with no lasting complications. Supportive treatment with fluids, rest and pain-killers may relieve symptoms and promote recovery. Medications may also be prescribed to reduce the inflammation and reduce abdominal (stomach) and joint pain. Surgery may be needed in severe cases of HSP.

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