Treatments for Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) in Children

How is HSP treated?

Treatments for HSP may include:

  • adequate hydration, or fluid intake
  • careful attention to nutrition
  • pain control with medications such as acetaminophen
  • glucocorticoids (steroids that help control inflammation)

Most children with HSP recover completely.

In a very few number of children, the disease is much more aggressive, leading to serious kidney disease. This appears to be more likely in patients with aggressive initial disease who progressed to end-stage kidney disease in less than three years after the onset of HSP.

If your child is in this situation, a kidney transplant may need to be performed.