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Anyone know how long they last? Some appeared a year (possibly longer) ago, and I didn't really think about them - I had more important lupus symptoms going on at the time. They're still there, and I might be imagining it, but I think there's more of them. It might be that the old ones have gone, and new ones have appeared, but I'm not sure. It also might not be a lupie symptom - apparently my white counts are dropping again so I'm a bit more concerned about infection at the mo (I feel ok though).

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Hi Fairy,

That seems like an awful long time to have them, how is your platelet count do you get a lot of sun exposure (that's when I tend to get them)?

I usually don't have them for longer than a week, or if they are bigger (called ecchymosis) maybe up to two weeks.............but then presumably my meds are controlling things like this and they aren't hanging around.

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Thanks for the reply. I don't get much sun exposure - I live in rainy rainy Manchester (uk), and I'm pretty careful with suncream. They're also mainly on my upper arms and legs, bits that are ususally pretty well covered. As far as I know my platelets are fine; I have blood tests on a very regular basis becasue my wbc has a tendancy to plummet, and no-one has mentioned it (my doctor is good at keeping me up to date). It is odd that they've been there for so long then - I kinda forget they're there, then notice them again and think that I should mention it, then forget to....

I've got an appointment soon though, so will do my best to remember them this time :lol:
 

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I have them too Fairy, and like you, mine never go away either. I have them mainly on the legs and stomach(lots of them). I have had them since before I was DX'ed in 04. My doctor mentioned them and made note of it at the first visit but hasn't commented since, about them. I know he said they were associated with lupus and other diseases but don't know what other diseases. Sorry can't be of more help but I wanted you to know that mine don't go away either.

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Hi Fairy,

Are you sure they are petechia? Do they blanche if you press them?

Try circling one will pen, and then watch that one to see how long it lasts for. I would expect that an individual petechia would heal withing a week. Of course it is possible that you aren't noticing change because new ones form at the same rate the old ones go away.

If they really aren't going away, it is likely they are something else. For example a very small strawberry angioma can look just like a petechiae. I've thousands of these on my arms and legs and they really do look like petechiae, but they are fixed - don't go away, don't move place.

I guess it is all academic in the end - how you are in general is more important.

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They're like small red pinpricks, and they don't blanche when pressed, so I assumed they were petechiae. I was quite ill when they first appeared too, so it would have made sense then - maybe not now if they've lasted this long. Anyways, I shall mention it to my doctor, and then no doubt forget about them again for another six months...

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These are most likely cherry angiomas especially given the length of time they stay there and the fact that your platelet count is fine. I too have thousands of them, developed in the last 3 years basically. It is very difficult to tell if they blanche or not upon pressing them since they are so small! They have a tendency to appear on stomach, arms and upper legs and in my case they are slowly advancing to the extremities now. Doctors are wholly unconcerned about them although they are somewhat worrisome to me since they started appearing about the same time my health took a serious downturn. Perhaps just coincidence though!
 

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Woops, Fairy - I meant what Maia said - cherry angiomas. I'm getting my fruit muddled:hehe:

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