Actinic purpura

What is Actinic purpura?

Solar purpura (also known as "Actinic purpura," and "Senile purpura") is a skin condition characterized by large, sharply outlined, 1- to 5-cm, dark purplish-red ecchymoses appearing on the dorsa of the forearms and less often the hands.

The condition is most common in elderly white persons. It is caused by sun-induced damage to the connective tissue of the skin.

No treatment is necessary. The lesions typically fade over a period of up to 3 weeks.

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Ankle/lower leg rash not raised bumps but looks like blood under skin - only in heat if legs have been exposed to the sun. Suffering from heart...

doctor1 MD


It seems that you developed actinic purpura.

You have ecchymotic patches developing on legs after expoure to sun...right?

This suggests that...

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my husband had a cluster of what looked like blood blisters pop up on his forearm . he said there was no pain, itching or any other problems with...

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Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
May be they are Actinic Purpura, Kindly get him examined by a Dermatologist so that he can examine him and...

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