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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Low Platelet Count

Platelets are tiny cells in your blood that play an important role in blood clotting. If you have a low platelet count, also known as thrombocytopenia, it means that you have fewer platelets than normal. This can make it difficult for your body to stop bleeding or form blood clots.

There are many causes of low platelet count, including viral infections, certain medications, and certain autoimmune disorders. In some cases, the cause is unknown.

Symptoms of low platelet count include easy bruising, frequent nosebleeds, and excessive bleeding from cuts. In severe cases, low platelet count can lead to internal bleeding and potentially life-threatening bleeding.

If you have low platelet count, it’s important to see a doctor. Your doctor may perform tests to determine the cause of your low platelet count and suggest a treatment plan. In some cases, treatment may include medications to increase the production of platelets, or transfusions of platelets.

You can also take steps to manage your low platelet count by avoiding activities that can cause injury or excessive bleeding, such as contact sports, and avoiding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

In conclusion, low platelet count is a serious condition that requires medical attention. By working with your doctor, you can develop a plan to manage your low platelet count and reduce your risk of serious bleeding. Stay informed and stay healthy.

Natural Home Remedies to improve platelet count

While medical treatment is necessary for managing low platelet count, there are some natural home remedies that may help to improve your platelet count. However, it's important to note that these remedies should not replace proper medical treatment and always consult with your doctor before trying them:

  1. Increase Vitamin C intake: Vitamin C helps to increase platelet production and can be found in foods such as oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli.

  2. Eat more iron-rich foods: Iron is essential for platelet production, and a lack of iron can contribute to low platelet count. Foods high in iron include red meat, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, and spinach.

  3. Consume more folate-rich foods: Folate, also known as Vitamin B9, helps to increase platelet production and can be found in foods such as leafy greens, almonds, and avocados.

  4. Drink herbal teas: Herbs such as green tea, chamomile, and ginger have been shown to have a positive impact on platelet count.

  5. Reduce alcohol consumption: Heavy alcohol consumption can lower platelet count, so it's best to limit or avoid alcohol.

  6. Get enough rest: Stress and lack of sleep can negatively impact platelet count, so it's important to get enough rest and manage stress through exercise or relaxation techniques.

In conclusion, while these natural remedies may help improve platelet count, they should be used in conjunction with proper medical treatment and with the approval of a doctor. A healthy diet and lifestyle can also help maintain proper platelet levels.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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