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    Old 12-17-2006, 07:39 PM   #1
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    Unhappy petechiae/rash



    Recently I noticed a red rash on my arm. Slightly raised. It did not itch. At the same time I had petchiae appear all over my body.

    I had the petechiae appear two times before, maybe a year apart.

    I know that the petechiae appeared in January 2005 (almost 2 years ago).

    They were more extensive this time. I think in all cases they appeared within a few days of air travel if that's relevant. Also, I just got over a bad cold that lasted about 3 weeks.

    The petechiea and rash are almost gone after 3 days...

    I had blood tests done this time while the petchiae and rash were still present. The physician said the tests looked normal and that I probably had an allergic reaction to something. He gave me prednisone.

    However, some of the results were out of range...

    Absolute Lymph Count 0.8K/cmm ref. range (1.5-4.0)
    Neutrophil 75.4% ref. range (40-74)
    Lymph 15.3% ref. range (19.6-52.7)

    My question is that while the rash is indicative of an allergic
    reaction, what about the petechiae...and what about the 2 previous times i got the petechiae without any rash.

    Also what about the results of the CBC that are outside of
    normal ranges.

    Could this be indicative of some immune system problem???

    What should I do? More tests? Any thoughts? Suggestions?

    Thanks very much.

    Otherwise I feel very healthy. I'm in good shape, I'm a 38
    year old male. 6'3" tall. ~200 lbs.

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