If you notice that you’re developing bruises more easily and bleeding for a long period of time even after only getting a minor cut, talk to your doctor to check your platelet counts.
- Normal platelet count: between 150,000–450,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood
- Low platelet count (Thrombocytopenia): anything under 150,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood is considered low (if the platelet count falls below 20,000 per microliter, spontaneous bleeding may occur and is considered life-threatening)
Dengue fever is a disease caused by Aedes mosquitoes infected by the dengue virus. Since there are no known antiviral drugs or injections available for the cure of the dengue fever. Once a diagnosis has been made, you can use the recommendations below to help raise your blood platelet counts, manage symptoms and prevent complications from developing:
Foods that combat low platelet count:
- Pomegranate: Its rich red color is a testament to its high iron content. You can eat it raw or in juice form. Generally, you may have 150ml (5oz) of pomegranate juice daily for 2 weeks.
- Papaya and papaya leaves: You can consume ripe papaya and drink the juice of its leaves every day till the time your platelet count doesn’t come to normal. You can also drink papaya juice and add a little lemon juice to it.
- Beet root: Beet root also prevents the free radical damage of platelets and helps in increasing its number. Therefore, consuming a glass of beet root juice can greatly help in increasing the number of platelets.
- Amla (Indian gooseberries): Amla is also rich in Vitamin C and provides all the benefits that lemon does. In addition to this, amla is rich in antioxidants and thus helps in preventing numerous health problems which can lead to low platelet count.
- Spinach: It is rich in Vitamin K, which helps in prevention of blood loss from cuts and injuries. Also, daily consumption of spinach juice can drastically improve the number of blood platelets.
- Vitamin K rich foods: Foods such as parsley, kale, basil, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chards, watercress, broccoli, celery, asparagus, okra, and cabbage.
- Raisins: Raisins are packed with iron and help strengthen the body while normalising blood platelet count.
- Pumpkin and its seeds: The nutrients in pumpkin are helpful in producing protein effectively, which is very important for producing platelets. Pumpkin also has Vitamin A which helps in the production of platelets in our body.
- Folate rich foods: The top folate foods include beans. lentils, spinach, asparagus, avocado and beets.
- Lean Meat: Lean meats such as fish, chicken and turkey are rich in protein, zinc and Vitamin B12, all of which help increase the blood platelet count.
- Wheat Grass: This happens because wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll, with a molecular structure like that of haemoglobin molecule in our body. You can consume half a cup of wheatgrass juice with a little lemon juice for increasing its effectiveness.
Take Helpful Supplements and Herbs:
- Giloy: Giloy is a very important herb in Ayurveda. It helps in maintaining the metabolic rate, strengthening the immune system and protects your body against infections.Boil the stems and serve it as a herbal drink. You can also add few Tulsi leaves in the drink.
- Goldenseal: Goldenseal is a herb whose dried root is used to make medicine. It works like papaya leaves. You use it in the same way like papaya leaves either by crushing and chewing or by juicing it.
Decrease or Eliminate Alcohol and Sugary Drinks:
Heavy drinkers are at a higher risk for having low platelet counts since alcohol slows the production of platelets. Thrombocytopenia affects up to 43 percent of alcoholics.
Avoiding sugary, processed drinks is also helpful since these tend to have lots of chemicals that can also disturb normal platelet production, including artificial sweeteners like aspartame, synthetic colors and preservatives.
Decrease or Stop Using Painkilling Drugs:
Over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen can thin your blood and affect your platelet levels. While they do reduce pain, they can also raise your risk for bleeding disorders when used too frequently.
Protect Yourself from Injuries and Infections:
For people who already have been diagnosed with low platelet counts, avoiding injuries and infections is important, since both can worsen autoimmune reactions, spleen enlargement and trigger excessive bleeding. Be careful to avoid injuries related to sports, work, exercise or operating machinery.
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