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Henoch-Schonlein Purpura is a disorder that can affect anyone although it is more commonly seen in young children between the ages of two and six. This disorder may cause swelling and bleeding of the tiny blood vessels in a person's skin, joints, intestines and kidneys. The most common symptom of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura is purple skin rash that affects the lower part of the legs and buttocks. While this condition may cause intestinal and joint pain, it is also known to cause kidney damage although this is usually rare.

To learn more about Henoch-Schonlein Purpura and available treatments for it, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

What is Henoch-Schonlein Purpura?

Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) is a condition where a person’s immune system responds in an abnormal manner causing purplish spots or splotches on the skin, painful joins, gastrointestinal issues and kidney problems. It is unclear what exactly causes this condition. While children are generally affected by HSP, it may be possible for a person of any age to become affected. Evidence shows that more boys get HSP than girls. Furthermore, many patients with HSP may have had an upper respiratory illness prior to having the condition.

Will walking help Henoch-Schonlein Purpura?

Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) affects the skin, joints and kidneys and may cause gastrointestinal issues. An unusual response of the immune system, in the form of hypersensitivity and inflammation, is believed to cause HSP. In many cases, HSP may resolve on its own without medical treatment. However, many patients use Prednisone and Corticosteroids to help the condition. While walking may help with circulation and improve joint issues, it isn't usually considered a cure for the condition.

Is Henoch-Schonlein Purpura contagious and what are some of the treatments for it?

Generally, Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) isn't contagious unless the condition is due to strep throat. HSP may be associated with an immune system disorder. In many cases, the condition could even be triggered by a viral infection, bacterial infection, vaccines or medication and, in some cases, even an insect bite. HSP usually appears in the spring and typically follows a respiratory infection.

If the patient has a strep throat, antibiotics may be prescribed. If HSP is due to an allergic reaction, the allergen is usually removed. Over all, those affected by HSP have a favorable recovery rate.

Many doctors treat HSP with steroids to treat pain associated with the condition. However, there are some in the health care field that don't believe steroid use improves or shortens the recovery time. Others feel that it could even lead to kidney damage.

HSP patients suffering from kidney disease may be treated with hemodialysis which cleanses the waste and toxins from the blood. Other treatments generally consist of supportive care which may be determined according to the patient's needs. Certain patients have had kidney transplants but the disease can affect the new kidney as well.

Could Henoch-Schonlein Purpura be a birth defect disorder directly linked to depleted uranium ingested by Iraq/Afghan veterans?

Generally, Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) occurs following an infection which may be viral or bacterial in nature and affects young children rather than being a birth defect. While radiation exposure may cause cancer in those affected by the radiation, the chances of there being mutations that can cause issues in the children born to the exposed person is rare. To date, there hasn't been any connection between radiation exposure or ingesting radioactive material and HSP.. Common infections that may trigger HSP may include Sstrep, E. coli, Mycoplasma, Campylobacter, Chicken pox, Parvovirus or Epstein-Barr.

Many medical questions may arise when a parent has a child with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura. While this article answers a few questions about the condition, you may have specific queries related to your case. Ask your questions to the Experts. They can offer medical insights, information and suggestions to help you with your case.
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