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Petechiae after shaving and aspirin

I am 64 and have thin, very dry skin and only shave my legs on rare occassion.  Before a doctor's visit a few days ago, I grabbed my husbands 3 blade razor and some pump soap and did a rough and quick job, splashed some water over my legs, then rubbed dry with a heavy towel.  On the shin area (bony) only, I have some Petechiae.  

I take 2 full strength aspirin daily for 5 1/2 years to help prevent recurrence of colon cancer and prevent new polyps in the colon.  I have regular blood tests (huge list of tests all normal) and my CBC, Platelet Count and MV Platelet counts were well within normal ranges. I take no other medicine other than Centrum Vitamins, D3 and Calcium.

I am assuming the petechiae were caused by my age, thin skin over bone, rough (and shaved from ankle to knee and just read that's not the right way) shaving with a man's razor and blood thinning properties of the aspirin.

Any advice on how to fade the spots quicker. I've seen everything online from Vasoline, Olive Oil, crushed aspirin to bags of frozen veggies. I've had them 2 days now.

My legs look NOTHING like this!  The dots might look the same, but I may have 30 'dots' where this woman has hundreds and hundreds!
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Just about everyone has thin skin on the ankles and shins!
I suggest trying 100% Pure Jojoba Oil for your skin. Don't slather it on! 1-2 drops is all it takes.
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Gone within 5 days without doing anything.
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My advice is to consult a dermatologist. I also do not concur with the daily use of two 325 mg aspirin to prevent a malignancy. I can find no literature justifying this protocol. As you know, aspirin is an anti-coagulant, and interferes with blood clotting.
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I've been on aspirin for 5 1/2 years and it HAS been proven to help prevent recurrence of colon cancer.
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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking aspirin every day appears to reduce the odds of developing and dying from colon, stomach or esophageal cancer, a new study suggests.

Based on a review of available studies, researchers determined that the benefits of aspirin therapy for preventing cancer outweigh the risks. Millions of people already take this inexpensive drug to prevent or treat heart disease.


"We came to the conclusion that most people between the ages of 50 and 65 would benefit from a daily aspirin," said lead researcher Jack Cuzick, head of the Center for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary, University of London.

"It looks like if everyone took a daily aspirin, there would be less cancer, and that would far outweigh any side effects," added Cuzick.

Gastrointestinal bleeding is the most serious side effect associated with aspirin.

Taking aspirin for 10 years could cut colon cancer risk by around 35 percent and deaths from colon cancer by 40 percent, the researchers reported Aug. 6 in the Annals of Oncology.

Daily aspirin also can reduce the risk of esophageal and stomach cancers by 30 percent and deaths from these cancers by 35 to 50 percent, the investigators reported.


Do a web search.  

Taking aspirin linked to lower risk of colorectal cancer
POSTED JULY 16, 2013, 8:10 AM

After the study ended, the researchers continued to follow more than 33,000 women through March 2012. These women were asked to continue the regimen, although the researchers no longer provided the pills. It was among this group that the researchers saw a 20% lower rate of colorectal cancer.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov   Aspirin for the prevention of colorectal cancer
X. Garcia-Albeniz, MD, Research Fellowa and A.T. Chan, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicineb,*

Recently, in a pooled analysis of five cardiovascular-prevention RCTs linked to cancer outcomes, daily aspirin use at any dose reduced the risk of CRC by 24% and of CRC-associated mortality by 35% after a delay of 8–10 years. In an expanded meta-analysis of 8 cardiovascular-prevention RCTs, daily aspirin use at any dose was associated with a 21% lower risk of all cancer death, including CRC, with benefit only apparent after 5 years.
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I don't disagree with the studies. The question is whether it is appropriate to take two 325 mg aspirin a day, in comparison to a single 81 mg pill.

Like everything else there is risk and benefit.

Aspirin in two 325 mg doses decreased the ability of the blood to coagulate, increasing the risk of a bleed secondary to injury, especially head injury.

The decrease in cardiac mortality is probably due to the interference with clotting.
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Well unless you're more highly educated than my oncologist, liver surgeon and gastroenterologist, I think I'll follow their advice and the studies that show full strength aspirin is more promising than a baby aspirin.

Cutting death from colon cancer by 40% sounds awesome to me since I had Stage IIIB in 2009 with surgery and chemo then a tiny met was found on my liver in Feb. 2012 and I had a liver resection with 80% of my liver removed.  I really have no desire to be sick again.  

I'm 64 and children were given crushed aspirin when I was a child. If I have taken Tylenol type drugs, it was in the hospital and never by choice.  

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By Mayo Clinic Staff   Aug. 22, 2013

Aspirin. Some evidence links a reduced risk of polyps and colon cancer to regular aspirin use. However, studies of low-dose aspirin or short-term use of aspirin haven't found this to be true. It's likely that you may be able to reduce your risk of colon cancer by taking large doses of aspirin over a long period of time.
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I also forgot to mention DON"T use a mans razor and especially a used one!!
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Glad to hear the condition cleared up on its own. Sounds like it was just a bad reaction to the razor, like a type of "razor burn"
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Thanks ladies!  I had used a man's razor and some pump soap because I was in a huge rush.

Saw the derm for my full body today and he agreed with you.
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