About Thrombocytopenic Purpura
Thrombocytopenic Purpura is a form of blood disorder characterized by extremely low platelet counts in the affected individual resulting in easy bruising and bleeding. Thrombocytopenic Purpura can affect both children as well as adults equally.
Children normally develop Thrombocytopenic Purpura after a viral infection and in most of the cases recover completely without any medical intervention. In adults, Thrombocytopenic Purpura tends to last for a longer period of time.
Treatment is required only for those individuals with Thrombocytopenic Purpura who have dangerously low levels of platelets or have severe symptoms associated with this disorder. In such cases, the extremely low levels of platelets may cause internal bleeding which can in some cases be life-threatening.
Thrombocytopenic Purpura is a condition which is completely treatable with timely medical intervention. For getting treated on time, it is extremely necessary to recognize the symptoms of Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
How Does Thrombocytopenic Purpura Feel Like?
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. Some patients complain of nosebleeds or bleeding from the gums due to low platelet counts as a result of Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
Hematuria and bleeding stools can also be associated with Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Females with this condition may experience abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding.
An individual is recommended to go to the nearest emergency room in cases where there is heavy bleeding which does not stop despite initial first aid, as this may be a classic case of Thrombocytopenic Purpura. For children, if there is easy bruising and bleeding especially after a viral infection then a visit to a physician is recommended to rule out Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
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