Petechiae Rash

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Skin petechiae are pinpoint, round spots that appear on the skin as a result of bleeding.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Dark purple rash on lower limbs

  • Recent weight loss

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Violaceous / purpuric rash

  • Easy bruising

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Vomiting of blood

  • Melena (black stools)

  • Gross hematuria

Possible causes

Related serious diseases

  • Leukemia

    Leukemia is a cancer of the body's blood cell-forming tissues. Blood cells circulate in our bloodstream and are created and matured in the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Leukemia involves white blood cells and lymphatic cells and is of several types. The cancerous cells are produced in excess and do not function normally. Leukemias can be aggressive and cause symptoms or chronic and smolder for years.

  • Splenic infarction

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

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

  • Do you have dots on your fingers caused by bleeding under the skin?

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