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Petechiae - Symphtoms of hemorhagic spots

Updated on September 28, 2013
An example of a somewhat mild case of petechia.
An example of a somewhat mild case of petechia.

Petechiae is a disease associated with the field of dermatology and is often diagnosed by a dermatologist. The disease looks similar to a rash, but is actually a serious of small, red hemorrhagic dots scattered across an area of the skin. These dots are a result of small, burst blood vessels under the skin. The dots are red or purple in color and are between 1 to 2mm in size.

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Symptoms of the disease

There are very few symptoms associated with petechiae. The patient may feel slight pain or irritation as well as itching. The most notable symptoms is the appearance of many tiny, red dots in a cluster somewhere on the skin.

Petechiae can look like a rash, so it is important to pay attention to the area. If you see lots of tiny, raised red dots, chances are it may be petechiae. Usually, the disease goes away on its own, but if if it worsens or doesn't get better after a few days, you should see a doctor.

Infant rash - is it petechia?


There are many causes of the disease. Causes include prolonged or aggressive weightlifting, childbirth, coughing, vomiting and crying. You can get petechia from any activity that causes great strain on the body - or could burst blood vessels.

The most common place for the disease is the face, due to straining from coughing, vomitting or even straining from constipation. Even so, you can experience the disease on any part of the body.


Usually, petechiae does not need treated as it goes away on its own within a few days. However, if there is persistent pain, physicians usually recommend taking a pain reliever, such as asprin. A doctor may also advise the patient to apply Naprosyn to the affected area to relieve itching and irritation.

Images of the condition

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Petechiae on a patient's eye. Caused by eye strain.The condition appears on the legs, along with purpura (bruises(An extreme case.
Petechiae on a patient's eye. Caused by eye strain.
Petechiae on a patient's eye. Caused by eye strain.
The condition appears on the legs, along with purpura (bruises(
The condition appears on the legs, along with purpura (bruises(
An extreme case.
An extreme case.


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      22 months ago

      Petechiae is not a disease.


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