Signs and Symptoms

Signs (things you see)

  • Purpura (from the Latin purpura, meaning “purple”), which is the appearance of red or purple discolorations on the skin caused by bleeding underneath the skin
  • Petechiae, which are pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots that look like a rash
  • Nosebleeds
  • Heavy periods for women
  • Bleeding on the inside of the mouth, such as from the cheeks or gums

Symptoms (things you feel)

  • Tired when doing daily activities
  • Uncertain or afraid Sometimes you may have no physical signs, but you may have symptoms. Symptoms are things you feel but may not see, like tiredness or uncertainty. It is important to have your platelet count checked each month so you know if your platelet count has fallen below 30,000.

Types of bruises

Picture of Purpura and Petechiae

Purpura (PURR-pur-ah) are large, purple bruises that are sometimes raised.
Petechiae (pah-TEEK-ee-ay) are small red or purple dots that look like a rash.

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