What autoimmune disease causes low platelets?

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What autoimmune disease causes low platelets?

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The autoimmune disease that causes low platelets is immune thrombocytopenic purpura which is a rare autoimmune disorder that causes low platelet levels.

Immune hrombocytopenia is diagnosed by ruling out other possible causes of bleeding and low platelet count and through blood tests which can check your platelet levels.

In rare cases an adult may need a bone marrow biopsy to rule out any other problems.

Recovering from thrombocytopenia takes around a few weeks to 6 months.

Treatment is not always needed but in some cases treatment may be required to fix thrombocytopenia.

Those who are most at risk for thrombocytopenia are people with aplastic anemia, certain types of cancer, people exposed to toxic chemicals and people that have autoimmune diseases.

Thrombocytopenia is associated with conditions such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, bacterial and viral infections, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).

Thrombocytopenia will sometimes go away with treatment or on it's own.

In some cases immune thrombocytopenia becomes a chronic condition and can be treated but can't be cured and won't go away entirely.

The root cause of thrombocytopenia are viral and bacterial infections and certain medications.

You can raise your platelet count quickly by eating foods rich in nutrients and drinking water.

Your platelets can increase in a day as your bone marrow creates millions of platelets everyday.

Platelets only live in the body for 10 days but the body is constantly reproducing platelets to replace those lost platelets.

A normal platelet count in the body is between 150,000 to 450,000 per microliter of blood.

You can treat low platelet count through corticosteroids like prednisone which help increase your platelet count.

You may also need medications like romiplostim and eltrombopag to help the body make more platelets.

The viral infections that cause low platelets are HIV, EBV, CMV, HCV as well as hantavirus, varicella zoster virus, herpes viruses, and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

The cause of low platelet count are infections, autoimmune disease, inherited or acquired bleeding disorders, certain medications, liver disease, enlarged spleen or even an inherited immune deficiency or disorder.

Low platelet counts and thrombocytopenia are often caused by certain medications and medical conditions.

Foods that raise platelets are Pomegranate, Papaya leaf extract, leafy greens, pumpkin, wheatgrass, beetroot, Aloe Vera, Kiwi, cheese, Amla, Spinach, berries, Carrots, Folate, Lean Meats, Fish, foods with Iron, Foods with vitamin C, foods with vitamin K, Peas, Citrus Salad, Animal protein and Beef liver.

Medications that cause low platelets are Vancomycin, Tirofiban, Piperacillin, Heparin, Amiodarone, Abciximab, Statins, Quinine, Ranitidine, Quinidine, Penicillin, Furosemide, Carbamazepine, Sulfonamides and Linezolid.

Tylenol can also cause thrombocytopenia especially when overdosing on Tylenol.

Certain medications can cause a low platelet count, which can lead to excessive bleeding.

Heparin is the most frequent cause of low platelet count, but common drugs like acetaminophen and some antibiotics can also cause thrombocytopenia.

Thrombocytopenia is the condition that occurs when the platelet count in your blood is too low.

The platelets in your blood are tiny blood cells which are made in your bone marrow from larger cells.

When you are injured, the platelets stick together to form a plug to seal your wound.

Heparin, a blood thinner, is the most common cause of drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia.

If a medicine prevents your bone marrow from making enough platelets, the condition is called drug-induced nonimmune thrombocytopenia.

Chemotherapy drugs and a seizure medicine called valproic acid may lead to this problem.

The 2 conditions that can cause low platelets thrombocytopenia are certain types of anemia and leukemia and other types of cancers.

Other conditions that can cause low platelets thrombocytopenia include.

Viral infections, such as hepatitis C or HIV.
Chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy.
Heavy alcohol consumption.

A low platelet count does sometimes mean leukemia although not always.

Low platelets can lead to leukemia and having low platelet counts can mean you have leukemia although it can also be a result of other conditions.

Leukemia on a blood test will look like abnormal levels of white blood cells and abnormally low red blood cell or platelet counts which can indicate leukemia.

You can live with leukemia for a few months to a few years without knowing it.

If you suspect leukemia you should get tested so that if you do have leukemia you can get treatment as soon as possible.

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