Purple rash

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  • There are purple bumps on the skin

  • Small purple spots on the skin after the stomach ache started

  • Raised red dots on the skin where was bleeding underneath

  • There is a small purple patch below the knee

  • Red dots of blood on the skin

  • Purple spots on the fingers

  • Violaceous / purpuric rash

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

It is purplish-red rash just beneath the skin's surface and may appear dark brown or black on darker skin tones.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Purple rash

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hypergammaglobulinemic purpura

  • von Willebrand disease (vWD)

  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Purpura simplex

  • Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC)
  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura

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.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have purple spots on your skin?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have skin redness?

  • Do you have a fever?

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