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I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Health As I See It: Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP)


Tony has been free of this nasty stuff for over nine months.  

This is an illness I had never heard of, and now I do as it has touched my family.  So for information purposes I offer a couple websites, because this illness is very strange, and we were really worried until we had some idea of what was going on.
HSP has some very different symptoms, swelling, arthritis and rash.  The pain is usually in joints in the extremities.  The rash is usually on the legs and butt.  Swelling is in the joints.
Who would think these things came together? It is the rash which makes diagnosis definite.  However it is not the usual type of rash.  It is sort of a cross between a rash an bruising.  It is caused by the capillaries leaking.  The illness usually effects children.  It is more common in boys than girls.  Adult onset of the illness can be much more severe.
It is relatively rare, and even though doctors know of this ailment, treatments a pretty much non existent other than to treat for pain.  there are some things to keep an eye on with this condition.  These are the kidneys and the intestines.  If the ailment effects these areas then it can cause long terms effects.
All symptoms seem to be caused by a weakening of the capillaries.  Although the cause of the ailment is not known, the best guess is that the body's immune system is over stimulated (as a reaction to an infection or a medication) and begins to attack the body.  It takes a while for the body to turn this off, 2-6 weeks.  It usually goes away.  However it can come back with other bouts, but usually not as severe.

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