Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Disease That Puzzled Even The Most Genius Specialist

A week before, my son suffers from joint pain and develops small red marks over his skin on his feet. I get worried so I bring him in the hospital to know what this thing is all about. We first thought it was due to his careless while playing because he said he's been tripped on the root of a tree at school one Friday afternoon and thinking that maybe there is a fracture or something that is why it was swollen.  Still the red mark is a puzzle to me.

So we rush to the hospital the following morning to see the pediatrician, and the doctor referred us to the surgery room. We had his foot x-ray done but nothing had seen in the results. The marks become more and more when the day pass until his doctor suspected that it's Henorch Schonlein Purpura.  The doctor requests different blood test, urinalysis, and fecalysis as well.



Below is the glance about Henoch Schonlein Purpura;

Henoch Schonlein Purpura is a type of vasculitis or a form of inflammation of the blood vessel. It affects the small blood vessels called capillaries in the skin and sometimes the kidney.  It occurs in the skin rash, mostly in lower extremities associated with joint inflammation like arthritis, abdominal pain and sometimes a kidney disorder.

The causes of bleeding of skin, joints, abdomen and kidney are due to body's small vessels that have been inflamed. It may be a result if overzealous immune system which responds inappropriately. There is no specific thing why this occurs.

The syndrome is commonly seen in children ages 2 to 10 years of age, but it can also affect people in different age.  It is more common in boys and very rarely in girls. It was said that most people who had Henoch Schonlein Purpura had an upper respiratory illness in the past weeks before it occurs.

There is no specific medication for this because most cases are getting better on its own without any treatment. When the Henoch Schonlein Purpura is gone, usually takes four to six weeks. Ibuprofen is given as the pain reliever but steroids can be given if the pain is intolerable. It will come back after four months from the first it occurs, but nothing will follow after this.

We just hope that my baby had a strong immune system to fight this and with gods will I know that my son will cure and get well.

To know more about this skin deseases visit my resources;
http://www.medicinenet.com/henoch-schonlein_purpura/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/henoch-schonlein-purpura/

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