Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
187 Doctors are Online

What causes spreading of petechiae?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2006
Answered : 4852 Questions
Dr. Grief,

I have a spreading problem of petechia. It started when I was 40 in my inner thighs. Now 13 years later, it has crept up to my face.

Thanks for your help.

Posted Thu, 21 Aug 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Following causes to petechiae...

Detailed Answer:

Petechiae are pinpoint and round spots due to bleeding under the skin.

So, as they used to appear when you was 50 years old in your inner thighs, and they crept up to your face after 13 years, then, further investigations are needed to find out the right cause.

As mentioned earlier, petechia is indicating bleeding under the skin, most probably due to :
- trauma/injury during straining for long time
- medications you might be using (can write them down)
- possible infectious disease
- vit.K deficiency
- problems with local blood vessels (vasculitis) and many others

I highly advise to get further investigations before confirming "you are getting old":
- complete blood work
- thrombocyte level
- vit.K&C level
- electrolytes
- liver/kidney function tests

You must seek dermatologist opinion as he/she will get your petechiae checked and get the requested lab tests in order to determine the right cause and treat it accordingly.

Hope it helped!
If anything unclear, do write me back!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor