Henoch-Schnlein purpura (HSP) is a rare condition in which blood vessels become inflamed. It typically results in a rash and joint and tummy pain.

HSPcan affect people of any age, but the majority ofcases occur in children under 10.

The medical term for inflammation of the blood vessels is Vasculitis . Blood vessels throughout the body become irritated and swollen, which can cause problems such as bleeding into the skin (resulting in a rash) and occasionally problems affecting the kidneys and bowel.

HSP is not usually serious and most cases get better within a few weeks.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 22 Aug 2016