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.