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I have been outside all day past few weeks at work (testing

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I have been outside all day for the past few weeks at work (testing inside work). I saw this on my legs today. My dermatologist before said i get popped capallaries but not sure what this is. I am fair skinned (red headed). I have put lotion on everywhere (but not as much on the legs). I have pictures of what I'm talking about.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I am Dr. SH and will be helping you out with your concerns today.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 4 months ago.

Please post pictures so that I can help you out in a better way.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Here you go...
Expert:  khagihara replied 4 months ago.

When you press the area, does the redness disappear?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Expert:  khagihara replied 4 months ago.

Are the legs swollen (edematous)? Are you a female or a male?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Expert:  khagihara replied 4 months ago.

They seem to be purpura. It is a rash of purple spots on the skin caused by internal bleeding from small blood vessels. The causes are divided into two categories. One has normal platelets and the other has low platelets. You should see a dermatologist to have exam and a blood test.

1. normal platelets

  • Amyloidosis
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Drugs that affect platelet function
  • Fragile blood vessels seen in older people (senile purpura)
  • Hemangioma
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis), such as Henoch-Schoenlein purpura, which causes a raised type of purpura
  • Pressure changes that occur during vaginal childbirth
  • Scurvy (vitamin C deficiency)
  • Steroid use
  • Certain infections
  • Injury

2. Low platelets

  • Drugs that reduce the platelet count
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)