What Are the Basics of Senile Purpura?

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Senile purpura, also known as actinic purpura, is a common skin disease which is usually benign and causes bruises, particularly on forearms and legs. The disease is more common among old people as their skin as well as blood vessels becomes very fragile and thin. The symptoms of senile purpura include:
  • Large purplish red bruises
  • Irregularly shaped lesions
  • Skin tears very easily
  • Thinning of skin
  • Adjacent skin inelastic and thin
  • Brown patches remain permanent on skin
  • Dark colored lesions on hands, forearm, face and neck
  • Brown or yellow discoloration on fading
  • Bruises occur with or without trauma
The causes of senile purpura include:
  • Aging
  • Vascular disorders
  • Diabetes
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Blood clotting diseases
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Scurvy
  • Inflammation of blood vessels
  • Haemangioma
  • Amyloidosis
  • Blood infections
  • Bacterial reactions
  • Infection in brain and spinal cord
  • Minor trauma
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