HSP Disease (Henoch-Schonlein Purpura) In Children Aged 6 Years?

Illustration of HSP Disease (Henoch-Schonlein Purpura) In Children Aged 6 Years?
Illustration: HSP Disease (Henoch-Schonlein Purpura) In Children Aged 6 Years? Bing

Evening,rnMy child aged 6 years and 8 months was diagnosed with HSP and given methylprednisolone.rnWhat I want to ask is whether this disease is dangerous and whether methylprednisolone is safe for children and the side effects of the drug?r nThe problem is that while taking the drug, my child’s appetite has increased.

1 Answer:

Hi Ms Herni,


HSP (Henoch-Schonlein Purpura) is inflammation (inflammation) of the small blood vessels that can cause bleeding under the skin, in the stomach and kidneys. The exact cause of this disease is not clear, it is suspected that the immune system responds inappropriately to a trigger. The trigger can be previous respiratory tract diseases, measles, smallpox or hepatitis. Drugs, certain foods, insect bites, even cold weather. HSP is higher in boys aged 2-6 years. HSP usually occurs in children younger than 10 years.


HSP is treated with steroids, either prednisone or methylprednisolone usually within 6-8 weeks. This drug does have side effects, but in HSP this drug is the best and the benefits outweigh the risks.


In children, steroids can cause side effects:

Increased appetite
Weight gain
Hard to sleep
Discomfort in the stomach
Nausea, vomiting, dizziness
Pimple
Fatigue
The face that looks swollen / moon face

There are many other possible side effects. At high doses over a long period of time, it can cause slowed growth. But once again, please note that no drug is 100% perfect and does not cause side effects. These side effects may decrease / disappear after treatment is complete and does not occur in everyone.


You should not stop treatment or increase/decrease the dose without consulting first. Abrupt discontinuation can cause serious withdrawal symptoms. Check every set time.


Hope it is useful,


dr. Mega

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