Medical Q&As

Henoch Schonlein Purpura

My three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Henoch Schonlein Purpura. She has a bad rash and sometimes has difficulty walking. Can you give me some information on same?

Henoch Schonlein Purpura is commonest in children aged between 2 and 10 years. It is usually diagnosed on the basis of the characteristic rash that covers the extensor surfaces of the limbs and the buttocks. In most cases a sore throat or other form of respiratory infection precedes it. It can sometimes affect the joints and this explains your daughter’s intermittent difficulty with walking. Some children experience abdominal symptoms such as colicky pain, vomiting or diarrhoea. Symptoms can persist for several weeks and can recur for up to 6 months after the initial onset. There is no specific treatment for the condition and management is based on relieving the symptoms. The causal mechanism of this condition is not fully understood but the majority of children make a full recovery.