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Purple spots

Been on pred since mid Nov 2017 started on 30 mg. Now on 15.... seems like every day I find a new reddish,purple spot on my arms. Any idea what might be going on? Are not sore at all.

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  • Anhaga carlene22578

    Some people find their skin gets very thin and easily injured.  I haven't found that but I still occasionally get tiny red spots, they used to be bigger at higher dosage.  Yes, a strange pred side effect.

  • margot34956 carlene22578

    Hi, I also have been on pred since mid Nov 2017, and yes also have those purple spots on the hands and arms.

    Any injury no matter how small does create them. Also they appear on the face from just scratching. Interesting though not on the legs, I pinched myself to see and nothing appeared.

    hope you are doing O.K


  • EileenH carlene22578

    Pred tends to make the tiny capillaries (the smallest blood vessels) in the skin more fragile and they can be damaged by even a slight knock, even carrying a bag over my arm or scratching the wrong place will do it for me, and then they bleed a bit and leak into the surrounding area. If they are bigger than 3mm they are called purpura and smaller ones are called petechiae.

    Funnily, the spots I get are always on my arms, nowhere else! And once one has formed, it is more likely there will be more in the same place even months later. They sometimes heal to leave a brown patch like a freckle. 

  • BettyE carlene22578

    That was one of the side effects of Pred. for me and it is the only one that I still have after being zero Pred. for more than four and a half years but then my skin is ageing along with the rest so maybe not the Pred. 

    Same as Eileen, it's my arms that always react. Banged my knee the other day and just have a regulation brownish bruise.

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