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Question: can skin sensitivity be a factor in feckled bruising?


 vargo78 - Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:38 am

My daughter, who just turned 9, has a skin sensitivity. She gets hives when she's nervous, upset, too hot, too cold, you name it. She also gets bruises fairly easy. These bruises are freckled-like, not a normal black and blue type. Is it possible that these two things are related? Thank you for any information that you have!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:25 pm

User avatar Hello Vargo78,

These two things may or may not be related. The hives are often related to a condition of increased histamine release. This is a relatively common condition. It can be treated with antihistamine.

The bruising pattern you are describing sounds like you may be seeing petechiae. These are small, pinpoint type bruises due to capillaries breaking. Petechiae and purpura (larger versions of petechiae) have a few different causes. I would recommend you have your daughter evaluated for these. Usually the presence of petechiae or purpura deserve a work up to see what may be going on. Some screening tests would include a CBC to check her platelets, and some other bleeding evaluation labs.

Follow up with her doctor is important.

Best wishes.
 vargo78 - Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:13 pm

Her allergst just named her condition as dermatographism/uriticaria. Is it possible that they aren't bruises, but outbreaks of ths condition? He wasn't sure without seeing it. Thanks again.

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