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Content updated on May 23, 2022

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

  • Purpura pigmentosa

    Purpura Pigmentosa Progressiva is also known as Progressive Pigmentary Dermatitis or Schamberg's Disease. It is a chronic skin condition causing discoloration of the dermis of the trunk, upper and lowerlimbs. The exact cause is unknown but it is caused by inflammition of tiny blood vessels called capilaries.

  • Cushing syndrome

    This condition is caused by excessive amounts of a hormone called cortisol. This may be caused consumption of some steroid medications or the body itself may produce too much cortisol.

  • Hemophilia

    An inherited bleeding disorder in which blood is unable clot properly due to a reduced number of blood-clotting proteins (clotting factors), resulting in bleeding for longer than usual and even from slight injuries.

  • von Willebrand disease (vWD)

  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura
  • IgA Vasculitis (Henoch-Schonlein Purpura)
  • Vasculitis syndrome (including cryoglobulinemia)

Related Serious Diseases

  • Leukemia

    Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. There are several types of leukemia but usually involves the white blood cells. The bone marrow produces an excessive amount of abnormal white blood cells. Some types of leukemia are more common in children, while others are more common in adults.

  • 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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