Perniosis

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Perniosis are itchy and/or tender red or purple bumps that occur as a reaction to cold. In severe cases blistering, pustules, scabs and ulceration can occur. Occasionally the lesions may be ring-shaped. They may become thickened and persist for months. Perniosis is a form of vasculitis. Signs and symptoms occur hours after cold exposure. Risk factors for perniosis include, having poor blood circulation (such as due to diabetes or smoking), a family history of perniosis, poor nutrition, and low body weight. Perniosis may occur alone or in association with an autoimmune condition (e.g., lupus, scleroderma), bone marrow disorder, or cancer. Treatment aims to relieve itching and swelling, prevent infection, and lifestyle/adaptive changes to prevent future symptoms. Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.

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