Pigmented Purpura Diagnosis

Diagnosis of pigmented purpura is made on the basis of observation. A skin biopsy can be obtained to exclude more serious conditions.

Treatment for Pigmented Purpura

Itching, if any, can be relieved with topical corticosteroids. Pigmented purpura treatment has been attempted with antihistamines, vitamin C, aspirin, and support stockings. However, these treatments have proven largely ineffective. If there is a possibility that the condition is a side effect of a medication, discontinuing the medication (under the care of a physician) may help. If a certain food is suspected as a trigger, eliminating the food from the diet may be helpful.

Pigmented Purpura Prevention

There is no known way to prevent pigmented purpura.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Aug 2000

Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015