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The tiny little red spots are called "petechiae." They're usually an indication of a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). Given that you're posting this question in the Leukemia thread, I'm guessing you've been diagnosed with leukemia. Petechiae are a common sympton with leukemia patients, and the spots shouldn't be anything to be concerned about in and of themselves, however, they're suggestive that you have a low platelet count, and you should be careful not to cut yourself, as it might be hard for your blood to clot. Leukemia patients are usually told to use an electric shaver for this reason, as opposed to a razor blade. You should also be aware that while you have petechiae you will most likely bruise very easily, so be careful not to bump into things too much or hard.

If you haven't been diagnosed with leukemia, please don't think that just because you have petechiae, you must have leukemia, as there can be many causes of the red spots. It couldn't hurt to visit your doctor, and ask for a blood test, so that you can get to the bottom of it and put your mind at rest.

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