Almost every child has to face with the chicken pox, that’s means, lots of oatmeal baths, calamine lotion and some temporary itching and discomfort. When 4-year-old Bo August got the chicken pox, however, she nearly lost her legs and began a life-threatening battle with a condition called purpura fulminans.

This condition is connected with blood, in fact it is a disorder that causes the blood to thicken and clot, eventually causing the veins to collapse as the blood coagulates in them.

The condition can be life-threatening and may cause a loss of limbs if not caught and corrected in time. Sometimes the condition occurs immediately after birth as the result of a hereditary deficiency while other times its cause is never discovered. In August’s case, the illness was likely the result of an infection able to work around her immune system, which was busy fighting her chicken pox.This 4 years old girl was diagnosed with purpura fulminanas when her parents noticed that she has difficulties to walk and starts to show lots of complains about the pain in the legs. They took her to doctor and after the visual check up the doctor confirmed that the large areas of skin colored in deep purple, almost dark black color are serious and they have to visit a specialist. Other symptoms of the condition include low blood pressure (hypotension) and fever. The large purple lesions present in August’s case are perhaps the most frightening but also the most notable symptom of the disease.

Treatment of purpura fulminans varies based on the severity of the infection. In cases such as August’s where the disease is caused by an infection rather than heredity, antibiotics may be administered as well as immunoglobulin, a collection of immune cells that work with the immune system to fight infection. Surgical removal of infected tissue may be adequate to contain the infection, which spreads when left untreated, but limb amputation is common when blood flow to an area has been restricted for too long.

In infants with a hereditary defect, blood thinning drugs are often administered and certain blood plasma is administered to add the lacking blood proteins to the body. The affected tissue may need to be removed, as well.

The girl was three months in hospital where she needed to learn how to walk again with a physical therapy and had treatment with skin grafts in order to save her legs. Today she is healthy with only few scars on the legs.

Source: EVERYTHING for Your Health

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