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Bruising on face

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 15, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Just to everyone who has this problem I just wanted to make you aware of a disorder that I had at one time. It's something to consider if you are having bruising on the face!
When I was 16, I had unexplained little bruises appear on my face. After about a month of the bruises coming and going, they moved to the inner bend of my arms, inner bend of legs, and a couple on my behind.
My grandma (whom I resided with at the time) said it was a rash of some sort because the bruises were mostly really small. She said I need not go to the doctor. Well I ditched school and went anyway. It didn't make sense to me, the rash was under my skin. The medical office was astonished and said it was petechial rash. They then did some tests and later rushed me by ambulance to a larger children's hospital. They told me the small bruises that started a month before, (on my face) were a sign that my platelets were down. The platelets had become so low that I needed hospitalization and tons of medication to get them up before my brain began to bleed.
To make a long story short, I ended up with a autoimmune disorder called ITP. After a long hospital stay and tons of medication, the disorder went away. I have sense, been symptom free. For now.
The moral of the story here is if you have unexplained bruising on your face, don't ignore it. See a physician. The little bruises could be a bigger problem.

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