Sudden appearance of tiny red dots around the eyes.

I just love your blog and almost use all the products you recommend. Such a big fan! I wanted I ask you about a recent skin issue, I got very sensitive skin and recent one morning I woke up with tiny red blood dots (very very small ones) around my eyes and cheeks. I got no other health issues and feel perfectly fine. I was wondering if you had come across this before and can think of a likely cause.

Thank you!  Usually these tiny red dots that suddenly show up and then resolve over 3-4 days are petechiae,  which are tiny spots of pinpoint bleeding from a capillary (very tiny blood vessel).

Most often they occur with a sudden increase in pressure in the face/head like………..vomiting, or standing on your head, even “down dog” in yoga has been know to cause these.   They are more likely to happen when taking any medication that “thins” the blood which includes things like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or Aleve, for example. 

If they persist, or happen more than rarely, it’s important to see your primary care doctor for a check up.

Dr. Irwin



Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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