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Characterized by leakage of red blood cells from small, superficial blood vessels that result in pinpoint-like hemorrhages (petechiae) is called capillaritis. Usually a life-long condition, flaring intermittently, it is frequently found in patients with long periods of extended standing related to their occupations.


The treatment for capillaritis may be through oral therapy with bioflavonoid and ascorbic acid and mid-potency topical steroids (in case of itching).

Symptoms and Signs

The leg, though it may manifest on the trunk and upper extremities, is the most common location for capillaritis. It never presents on the face. Among the presentations include cayenne-pepper-colored petechiae in lighter-skinned individuals, brown-red or deeply pigmented pepper-like petechiae in dark-skinned individuals and color variations in the lesions due to different stages of blood breakdown product (hemosiderin) reabsorption.


Its cause being unknown, capillaritis occasionally arises as a reaction to a medication where many different drugs have been occasionally associated with this condition. Food additive or a viral infection may be responsible in others, as well as capillaritis may also develop after exercise.

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