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5 Things to do if you have a Low Blood Platelet Count

Dr Rishika Agarwal 6112 Views
Updated: 18 Jan 2024
Published: 19 Feb 2018
Low Blood Platelet Count

Low platelet count is a condition known as ‘thrombocytopenia’ which arises due to reduced levels of thrombocytes affecting the blood’s ability to clot itself. If you bruise easily, have difficulty in stopping the blood from wounds, often experience bloody gums or nose bleeding, there’s a high chance that you’re suffering from a low blood platelet count.

Autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, lymphoma, etc. along with frequent exposure to toxins and medications can result in Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) which affects the way platelets are produced and used in the body.

When platelet count becomes too low to cause concern, it is extremely important to treat the condition proactively. Below mentioned are the points one should take care of in such a condition:

  1. Minimize Use of Painkillers:

    While painkillers give you relief from severe pain, overusing them can result in blood thinning and lower platelet count. Reduce or stop the usage of painkillers as they can also cause bleeding disorders as well as many other side effects.
  2. Eat Healthy:

    Low platelet count is a result of Vitamin B12 or Folate deficiency. A well-balanced diet rich in Vitamin B12 and folate will help you prevent this condition. Salmon, tuna, turkey, chicken liver are some of the best sources of Vitamin B12. Consuming folate foods such as lentils, beans, avocado, spinach, etc. will keep you free from a low platelet count.
  3. Stop Alcohol Consumption and Minimize Sugar Intake

    Several studies have shown that alcohol consumption and excess sugar intake can significantly suppress the blood cell production and slower down the production of platelets. Avoiding alcohol, sugar and processed drinks can drastically improve your platelet count.
  4. Minimize your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

    Applying beauty products made of essential oils, choosing glass containers over plastic, going organic, using low volatile paints, etc. are some of the best ways of reducing your exposure to toxic substances. Excessive usage of chemicals can slower the production of blood platelets.
  5. Keep Yourself Free from Injuries:

    Avoid playing sports such as boxing, football, etc. where there is a higher risk of bleeding or injury. Prevent your exposure to viruses that can cause infections and keep yourself away from infected people.

In severe cases however, blood transfusion, steroid intake, and splenectomy are the last resort. Following these key points will help you keep up with your blood platelet count and give you a healthier life.

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