Henoch-Schonlein purpura

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An overview of the causes, symptoms and treatment of Henoch-Schonlein purpura that causes swelling of small blood vessels.

Key points

  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura causes inflammation of small blood vessels, which then become easily broken and allow blood to leak.
  • Symptoms include a distinctive rash and swelling in the joints.
  • Seek immediate medical attention after the onset of HSP symptoms.
  • HSP is most common in children between the ages of two and 10 years, though young adults have also been known to develop the rash.
  • There is no specific treatment for HSP. Treatment is aimed at easing your child's pain and discomfort.
  • If the doctor suspects kidney inflammation, medication may be prescribed.
Last updated: May 7th 2010