Blood spots or skin haemorrhages are known as purpura. Purpura are red or purple-coloured spots that appear on the skin, organs, or mucous membranes, such as the membranes on the inside of the mouth. Occurring when blood vessels burst, blood pools under the skin giving blood spots their characteristic red or purple colour. They can range in size from tiny dots to large areas.
It is important to speak to a doctor about purpura as they may be a sign of an undiagnosed medical condition, or that a medication is interfering with normal blood clotting. Medical conditions may include weak blood vessels, a severe lack of Vitamin C, or infections in the bloodstream.
Once medical treatment is sought, a doctor will diagnose the purpura as one of two types: thrombocytopenic or nonthrombocytopenic. Thrombocytopenic purpuras have a low platelet count and suggest an underlying medical disorder, whereas nonthrombocytopenic purpuras have a normal platelet level, suggesting a different cause.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.