Purpura

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A purpura is a type of skin rash that can be considered both as a skin condition, and also as a type of skin lesion.

This rash results from blood seeping into the skin from small blood vessels called capillaries.

The appearance of this rash consists of individual purple spots called petechiae. Possible causes of purpura include defects in the capillaries and/or a deficiency of blood platelets.

The word 'purpura' is included in this section because it is a type of skin lesion.

See also types of skin lesions (all on one page). This may interest students of massage, reflexology, holistic treatments of various types, beauty therapies, and other health related courses.

Further information about skin includes the structure of skin (with diagram), an explanation of what dermatology means and includes and textbooks about dermatology.

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