How is it defined?
Thrombocytopenia is known medically as low platelet count. They are a type of cell that ensure the clotting of blood when there is some kind of bleeding due to some kind of trauma, accident or injury. They are cells whose basic function is to plug holes in the blood vessels that are leaking by forming clots.
Low platelet count can be due to many factors. Some of the factors are leukemia and autoimmune disorders which cause the platelets in the blood to be destroyed due to mistaken identity by antibodies. Some medications have side effects that cause the platelet levels to fall in blood. However, platelet count levels can be improved by eliminating certain conditions and living a healthy, balanced life style. Conventional medical treatments for low count of platelet levels are through medicines, surgery and transfusion of platelets if necessary due to blood loss.
The Signs and Symptoms of Low Platelet Count
1) Bleeding too much after dental surgery or repair.
2) Heavy menstrual flow that is abnormal.
3) A common sign is bleeding gums
4) Minor cuts which do not stop bleeding
5) Notice blood in urine or stool.
6) The presence of petechiae under the skin in genital areas. They might also seem like small microscopic bruises.
7) Large amounts of bruising that occur without any trauma or injury.
What usually causes low blood platelets?
The blood platelets count in a normal person is usually between 150,000 to 450,000. It is the function or job of the bone marrow to produce platelets every seven to ten days. The bone marrow contains large cells which produce these platelets. Some medications like aspirin prevent the production of platelets by the bone marrow by thinning the blood in the bloodstream..
The spleen can destroy them
The function of the spleen in the human body is to destroy old cells so that new cells can be produced and replaced in the blood. However, if the cells or platelets are abnormally formed then the spleen is left with no option but to destroy them. If the body has an Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura disorder then the spleen attacks those platelets and destroys them in large amounts. This is because they have antibodies attached to them.
Traditional medicine says to remove the spleen so as to ensure this does not take place. However, experts say that even when the spleen is taken out, there are many people who still have their platelet count low. The best way to take care of this problem is to help the body find ways to produce platelets without those antibodies attached to them.
The body is not producing enough platelets
Certain diseases like leukemia and anemia of certain types cause the bone marrow to not function correctly. This causes the bone marrow to not produce enough platelets to keep the supply and destruction of platelets in a constant balance. Chemotherapy, a high intake of alcohol or viral infections like HIV can also contribute to this problem.
Platelets can be destroyed due to many factors
- Pregnancy can cause mild reduction in platelet count due to some reason
- Low platelet count could be a result of autoimmune disorders
- Low platelet count can be due to Lupus disorder
- Blood infection
- A condition known as hemolytic Uremic syndrome can be a common cause
- The body clots over and uses up all the platelets which is a condition known as TTP or Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
Serious complications can result from low platelets
Too much bleeding and bleeding in brain can cause permanent damage to the body. This usually results if the platelets count goes so low as to be less than 10,000 counts per microliter. However, the doctors usually identify and administer the solution as soon as the problem is identified and isolated.
Certain herbs are very useful in preventing and controlling problems of low platelet count. Herbal and natural remedies can help regulate the immune system preventing platelet destruction
Low platelet count can also be the result of bone disorders. If not treated properly it can result in bleeding to death.
Thrombocytopenia is a condition where the bone marrow is not producing enough platelets to help the blood clot. It can be due Leukemia, lymphomas, infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, which causes AIDS), and a variety of other bone marrow disorders.
The first system that usually appears is excessive bleeding or bleeding in the skin. Bruisning easily and purple and red spots are also a major symptom.
Usually mild forms of this condition do not result in any long lasting or major complication. However, sever complications can include internal bleeding and bleeding in to the brain which is life threatening.
A test can easily confirm if you have a platelet count that is low. Get your blood sample and get it analyzed by a laboratory.
There are some medications that stop the antibodies that are used by the body to attack platelets like corticosteroids. Other methods include platelet transfusions as well as plasma exchange which can be used to temporarily boost up the platelet count in the blood stream.
Homeopathic Treatment for Low Platelet Count
Homeopathy is an ancient medicinal art which focuses on the treatment of the body as a whole. It focuses on the patient as well as his pathological disposition. A homeopathic treatment is only considered after a full examination of the whole body as well as the medical history and other factors such as physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, underlying pathology, possible causative factors etc. all susceptibilities are taken into account when treating chronic conditions. A doctor who practices homeopathy tries to treat not only the present symptoms but the reason that those symptoms are developing and identifying and eliminating the problem causing the symptoms. The diagnosis is not just based on by which virus or bacteria are the cause of the disease. It also focuses on mental, physical and emotional stress of the patient as well.