We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Capillaritis?

By Meshell Powell
Updated Feb 11, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Capillaritis is a medical term used to describe a type of skin disorder that results from a leakage of the small blood vessels known as capillaries. Although this condition is not harmful, it can cause embarrassment and insecurity to those who are affected. Red or brown patches appear on the skin of those with capillaritis and may be caused by factors such as infection, food allergies and sensitivities, or the use of certain medications. Treatment is often unnecessary, although topical steroid creams or dietary modifications may sometimes be helpful.

There are several different types of capillaritis that may result in a variance of symptoms, although the presence of reddish-brown lesions is present in all forms of this skin disorder. Skin inflammation, itching, or burning may develop in some cases, but there are often no symptoms other than the appearance of the pigmented lesions. Symptoms usually disappear within a few days or weeks without any type of medical intervention. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and may be particularly helpful in addressing any concerns about this condition.

In most cases, the exact cause of capillaritis is unknown. The lesions typically disappear on their own and may or may not return at unpredictable intervals. Some forms of the disorder may worsen following strenuous activity. Allergies or sensitivities to environmental contaminants may cause an exacerbation of symptoms in some people. Viral infections or the use of certain medications may also trigger outbreaks.

There is no known cure for capillaritis, and treatment is not generally considered medically necessary, although specific symptoms associated with the condition may be managed through the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications. Steroid ointments may be used to control itching, but it does not shorten the course of the breakout. The legs are the most common areas affected by this disorder, and compression stockings may help to ease some of the symptoms when the lower portion of the legs is involved.

An elimination diet may be recommended if capillaritis is thought to be caused by food allergies or sensitivities to certain preservatives. If a medication is believed to be responsible for the outbreak, the supervising physician may recommend discontinuing the drug to see if symptoms improve. If the lesions associated with this condition are persistent or cause emotional distress, psychological counseling may be recommended.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.