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What causes petechial spots after scratching on arms?

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Posted on Tue, 4 Mar 2014
Question: Hello..just looking up petechial spots after scratching on my arms. have had aproblem with itching for quite some time, and it usually becomes hivelike areas, but now it's looking like petechiae. I have been on treatment for smoldering myeloma, with Revlimid, this past year and am currently prepping to go to the Mayo in Scottsdale to discuss stem cell retrieval, and noticed this change recently. I usually get a bit itchy when stressed, and this is a bit more stressful.
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Brief Answer: Due to bleeding disorder. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for trusting us with your health concern. Development of petechial spots after scratching on the arms is suggestive of a bleeding disorder. In your case, myeloma seems to be the most likely cause. You need to consult your physician to get a complete blood coagulation profile checked with APTT and platelet count to rule out the possible causes like thrombocytopenia. This can also happen due to a viral infection in the recent past- decreases the synthesis of platelets from the bone marrow. Presence of any autoimmune disorders also needs to be ruled out. The treatment is based on the diagnosis and severity of the problem. Treatment is usually done by fluid infusion, steroids, immunoglobulins, blood transfusions, etc according to the severity of the condition. Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Rakhi Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Rakhi-Tayal
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What causes petechial spots after scratching on arms?

Brief Answer: Due to bleeding disorder. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for trusting us with your health concern. Development of petechial spots after scratching on the arms is suggestive of a bleeding disorder. In your case, myeloma seems to be the most likely cause. You need to consult your physician to get a complete blood coagulation profile checked with APTT and platelet count to rule out the possible causes like thrombocytopenia. This can also happen due to a viral infection in the recent past- decreases the synthesis of platelets from the bone marrow. Presence of any autoimmune disorders also needs to be ruled out. The treatment is based on the diagnosis and severity of the problem. Treatment is usually done by fluid infusion, steroids, immunoglobulins, blood transfusions, etc according to the severity of the condition. Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Rakhi Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Rakhi-Tayal