Henoch-Schonlein Purpura: disease attacking young boys

There are certain diseases that is mostly to strike the young ones, especially kids at a very early age. This is usually disheartening because kids, although they have more active cells and tissues that can help in healing and protecting them from foreign agents, they are also most sensitive to these infectious and dangerous microorganisms. Most often than not, they are usually the ones whom the medical profession are carefully trying to protect, study, and treat. One of these diseases that affect children, especially those who are still below five years old, is Henoch-Schonlein Purpura or HSL, and is known as allergic purpura in rheumatology and pediatrics.

The Henoch-Schonlein Purpura is a systemic vasculitis that is characterized by prominent tissue deposition, usually in the skin and kidney. It usually follows an upper respiratory tract infection. Henoch-Schonlein Purpura occurs more often in children than in adults; but if it affects the adults, the progression of the disease is more severe because it will have more renal involvement, which requires a more aggressive type of treatment. Young boys are usually the target of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, which attacks them while they are still below the age of 10. Henoch-Schonlein Purpura’s common signs and symptoms may not be an exact picture for people to be able to diagnose a patient with such disease. Careful clinical tests and medical exams must have to be taken to eliminate other possibilities and to center in on Henoch-Schonlein Purpura. But, some of the initial infections or illnesses that a patient may encounter, which will give a heads-up of a possible Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, are the occurrence or presence of the following: rash – with normal clotting, usually in the lower legs and arms, arthralgia/arthritis – affecting the knees and ankles, abdominal pain, and renal disease.

Unlike other diseases, which don’t offer any possible treatment at all, Henoch-Schonlein Pupura on the other hand has a high recovery rate. This is why no therapy is given after a patient has had Henoch-Schonlein Purpura. The corticosteroids will also help enhance the recovery rate for those with arthritis or abdominal pain. However, one must also know that even with the treatment and medication given plus the high recovery rate, the possibility of a recurrence will still be there. Henloch-Schonlein Purpura can’t be prevented from recurring.

Henoch-Schonlein Purpura will have different effect levels to patients, so it is important that the patient must follow the recommendation and everything that the physician has advised.