Do you have small red dots on your skin? Could be petechiae. Petechiae is blood leaking into your skin from little capillaries just under your skin. This blood leakage causes tiny red skin dots, little red skin spots or a pinpoint red rash symptoms to appear.
Petechia dots routinely emerge in the lower leg region, but you can experience red spot distribution all over. Its red pinpoint rash can materialize very quickly or slowly over time.
- viral infections
- aplastic anemia
- allergic reactions
- Epstein-Barr virus
- meningococcal meningitis
- thrombocytopenic purpura
- hemolytic uremic syndrome
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- cancer ~ leukemia, lymphoma
- blood poisoning from severe bacterial infections
- autoimmune diseases ~ lupus, rheumatoid arthritis
- hemolytic uremic syndrome ~ can occur with E. coli bacterial infection
- malnutrition ~ vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B9, vitamin B12 deficiencies
Certain medications can cause petechiae tiny red skin dot reaction, like:
- gold salts
- sulfa antibiotics
- aspirin, ibuprofen
- warfarin (Coumadin)
- some oral diabetes drugs
- chemotherapy drugs side effect
Other causes for red pinpoint dots on skin petechiae symptoms include:
- aging skin
- local injury, trauma
- violent vomiting, coughing
- newborns ~ right after birth
- pregnancy ~ close to delivery
- penis pump side effect ~ erectile dysfunction
- toxic chemical exposure ~ pesticides, arsenic, benzene
Treatment for your petechiae red rash symptoms depends on its underlying cause. If your tiny red spots petechiae is injury caused, applying ice may reduce the accumulation of any further rash of redskin spots.
If you mysteriously develop petechiae, pay a visit to your health care professional pronto.