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Pigmented purpuric eruption

Other Names for this Disease
  • Familial pigmented purpuric eruption
  • Schamberg disease
  • Schamberg purpura
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Your Question

I was diagnosed with pigmented purpuric eruption four years ago. It started on the top of each foot, and now it has moved up my legs. Is there anything to make this disappear from my skin and will it get worse?

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What treatment is available for pigmented purpuric eruption?

There is no treatment that has been proven to be beneficial for people with pigmented purpuric eruption.[1] However, some treatments have been reported to improve this condition, including pentoxifylline,[2] aminaphtone,[3] and photochemotherapy (PUVA).[4]
Last updated: 4/12/2010

Does pigmented purpuric eruption resolve over time? Can it get worse?

Most cases of pigmented purpuric eruption resolve over time.[1] In other cases, the skin lesions persist or extend with time.[1] Pigmented purpuric eruption is often a chronic condition,[1] and it is not possible to predict if the condition will get worse or spontaneously resolve. 
Last updated: 4/12/2010