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Old 12-19-2005, 10:13 AM   #1
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small red spots on hands

Hi everyone,

I haven't been diagnosed with Lupus yet, but I am being tested for it. My question is does anyone get small red spots on their hands that bleed? They seem to be mostly on my knuckles. I have Raynaud's and am wondering if this might also be a symptom of that. This happened to my hands last winter as well, but it doesn't seem to happen in the summer. Could this be related to Lupus? Any info or advice is appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 01-09-2006, 10:59 PM   #2
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Question Re: small red spots on hands


Are you on blood thinners?
That can cause petechiae, small red spots.
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Old 01-10-2006, 10:25 AM   #3
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Re: small red spots on hands

Hello there mickey,

How are you doing? Have a look at info on vasculitis. In some cases this can occur as you have described. Mine would be red initially, then go purple but be very small and have a weird tingly feeling. Sound familiar?

I haven't got my doctor hat on with the following information, just an SLE patient of over 30 years hee hee !!

They can be red or purple pinprick spots called ‘petechiae’. If the spots are larger (about the size of your fingertip) they are called ‘purpura’. These are the most common skin symptoms associated with vasculitis, but others occur including itching, hives (nettle rash) or wheals on the skin, and painful lumps.

Hope this helps. Take care

I am not a medical doctor, I only speak from my own experience of the illnesses I discuss here.

Old 01-10-2006, 01:37 PM   #4
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Re: small red spots on hands

Hello. Thanks for the responses. I went to my rheumy a couple of weeks ago and she said it was dry skin. She also diagnosed me with Sjogren's Syndrome because the anti Ro antibody showed up on a blood test. I also have dry,eyes, nose, and mouth, along with joint pain with swelling in my ankles. She started me on Planquenil, which seemed to help a little with the dryness on my hands. Anyway, thanks again for the responses. I really appreciate it.


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