Low platelets count causes and its treatment options
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Low platelets count causes and its treatment options

Treating low platelets count depends on the cause and severity. The main aim is to prevent fatality and disability caused by excessive bleeding due to low platelets count.

Mild causes of low platelets count do not require treatment. If an individual has a normal platelets count, it is not going to prevent profuse bleeding in case of serious wounds and injuries inflicted in serious accidents.

Thrombocytopenia or low platelets count can be cured if the underlying treatment is treated.

If low platelets count causes are due to medications, then your doctor might prescribe different medicines to treat the ongoing medical condition. Thrombocytopenia usually gets cured when the medications change.

Thrombocytopenia due to heparin (HIT heparin induced thrombocytopenia) is difficult to reverse even if administration of heparin is stopped. Other blood clotting medications might be required to treat the condition.

Other than this, following treatment options can be considered to treat low platelets count causes:

  • Medicines
    Doctors might prescribe corticosteroids, that will help in slowing down platelets destruction. Corticosteroids can be given intravenously or orally. If the reason for low platelets count is an auto immune disease that kills platelets, then the doctor might administer medicines that suppresses the immune system. Opposite to this, if a person is suffering from disease that lowers the immune system and hence the platelets count, then in such cases, the doctor might prescribe medicines that improves the immune system and hence the platelets count.
  • Blood or platelet transfusions
    Severe conditions of low platelets count might require this treatment option. People who stand at a higher risk of blood loss are fed with healthy blood and or platelets intravenously.
  • Splenectomy
    It is a surgery to remove spleen. It is one of the treatment options that is considered by the doctors in case none of the medications work. It is mostly applied to adults who suffer from ITP (immune thrombocytopenia).
  • Natural remedies to treat low platelets count causes
    While the person is undertaking any of the above treatment options to treat his or her condition of thrombocytopenia, these natural remedies can be incorporated to help assist with the condition of low platelet count. (Red) fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, plums, watermelons, cherries and berries are full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidant properties that help increasing the number of platelets in the blood. Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, free-range eggs, flaxseed oil, tuna, wild salmon help in increasing the immune system which naturally increases the platelet level count.