Blood Disorders Information Center
Low platelet count, or thrombocytopenia, is a lower than normal number of platelets, i.e. less than 150,000 platelets per microliter in the blood. Thrombocytopenia can be inherited or acquired during certain conditions. Even though platelet numbers are decreased in thrombocytopenia, their function generally remains completely intact. Learn about the causes of low platelet count or thrombocytopenia, its effects and ways to increase platelet count naturally.
One of the most important components that is usually perceived to be a danger to our body is cholesterol. Simplifying the hyped-up concept of cholesterol, we list down the cholesterol basics as a guide, for you to understand this ambiguity and ways to control high cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels are becoming increasingly common. So, it is quite useful for us to be informed about what exactly cholesterol is and its effects on our body. Tis articles explains what is cholesterol, its types, causes of high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, its symptoms, preventive measures, treatment and what are hypolipidemic drugs.
In children who develop Thrombocytopenic Purpura as a result of a viral infection, it normally resolves within a couple of weeks to maximum a month of resolution of the infection and the platelet count returns back to normal. However, in some cases it may take up to four to six months for a child to completely recover from Thrombocytopenic Purpura, although they may not require any treatment other than close monitoring of the platelets.
Normally, Thrombocytopenic Purpura does not have any symptoms but in cases if the platelets count become too low, the patient may experience easy bruising and bleeding such that even a small cut or scratch may bleed excessively. There will be development of skin petechiae especially in the lower extremities.
Studies suggest the immune system accidentally attacking the platelets and destroying them can cause Thrombocytopenic Purpura. If the cause behind the immune system attacking the platelets is not known then the condition is called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
In cold agglutinin disease, when the patient’s blood gets exposed to cold, then certain proteins, which under normal circumstances destroy bacteria, get attached to red blood cells resulting in clumping of the RBCs (agglutination). This leads to premature destruction of the red blood cells (hemolysis) causing anemia and other related symptoms in the patient. Know the causes, symptoms, treatment, risks and prognosis of cold agglutinin disease.
Some of the ways to improve circulation in legs include avoiding sitting and standing for long periods, improving sitting posture, exercising diligently, opting for comfortable footwear, compression hose, tobacco cessation, birch bark tea, cayenne pepper tea.
Immunoglobulin are microscopic protein molecules that floats in blood and lymphatic fluid. Immunoglobulin Ig M and IgG are most common antibody protein molecule in blood serum and lymphatics. IgG and IgM immunoglobulin during early and later phase of infection adheres to microscopic protein molecule known as antigen that lies over outer surface of viruses, bacteria and fungi during infection. The immunoglobulin IgG and IgM pairing with antigen protein molecule of viruses, bacteria and fungi attracts macrophages that eventually kills these pathogens.
Adults and children with Asthma are prone to low levels of oxygen in the blood. Another cause for low levels of oxygen in blood is a trauma or injury to the lungs. Taking extremely strong pain medications can also result in the levels of oxygen in blood to decrease. Cardiac issues also result in decreased levels of oxygen in the blood.
Lymphocytes play an important role in the immune response of the body. An atypical lymphocyte is non- malignant condition of the lymphocyte that is characterized by large abnormal structure of the lymphocytes. A number of stimuli are responsible for the development of atypical lymphocytes. Know what are atypical lymphocytes, its causes, treatment and home remedies.
An individual experiencing the blood clots will have to speak with the concerned doctor. The reason for talking to a doctor is that only a few people diagnosed with blood clots or deep vein thrombosis can get into the hot tub. It is because of the condition that the individual is experiencing. Depending on the symptoms experienced by the individual and the state of the clot, getting into hot tub will be of help, as the warmth provided by the water can reduce the swelling by decreasing the size of the blood clots. It further helps in preventing the growth of the size of the existing clots.
Yes, the human body does possess the ability to absorb the clots. However, it has limitations. One should not assume that the occurrence of deep vein thrombosis or DVT would not be a problem. Do note down the fact that “DVT means ER,” as the clots grow in size and enter the bloodstream; they cause pulmonary embolism or PE. It is a case where the clots stop the blood from reaching the lungs and, when this happens, death is imminent.
Hypereosinophilic syndrome is a disease that is characterized by extremely high blood eosinophils. This means that the body manufactures too many white blood cells in the bone marrow. Due to the large collection of white blood cells in the bone marrow, they start to spill out of the bone marrow and start accumulating in other tissues and in the blood. Know the types, symptoms, treatment and diagnosis of Hypereosinophilic syndrome.