How to Increase Platelets

Platelets are small irregularly shaped cell fragments which do not have a nucleus. Also known as thrombocytes, platelets are natural source of growth factors. They circulate in mammals’ blood and are responsible for blood clotting.

In case the platelet count is too low then excessive bleeding can occur. On the other hand, excessive platelets can form blood clots which may cause stroke or blockage of blood vessels to other parts of the body.

There are abnormalities of platelets which cause platelets count to be low, high or malfunctioning of platelets. Some disorders also reduce the number of platelets e.g. heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) which causes clots instead of bleeding.


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    Check your platelet count

    First of all you need to check your platelet count by visiting any doctor or pharmacies which takes tests.

    A normal human have platelet count in range of 150,000 to 450,000 per μL (micro litre) of blood.

    You will also be required for a physical examination. Your doctor may look for symptoms especially bruises or red spots on the skin.

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    Know the reason for low platelets

    After examination, you need to know the reason behind your dropping level of platelets. It may be due to reduce production and increase breakdown, bacteria in the blood, pregnancy, or childbirths.

    Radiation, cancer and chicken pox may drop the platelets level as well. This is because platelets in the blood may be destroyed by medications.

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    Treat the thrombocytopenia

    Increase the count of your platelets by treating the cause of your problem. You may have to change your medication.

    In case you are pregnant then after giving birth, your platelet level will automatically increase.

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    Balance your diet

    Eat foods with high vitamin levels. Especially take vitamin B12 and folate diet as they are important in the production of platelets.

    Foods rich in folate are spinach, dried beans and citrus fruits. On the other hand milk, cheese, liver and mutton contains high amount of vitamin B12.

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    Blood transfusion

    If your platelets level falls dangerously below the average number then a doctor may recommend platelet transfusion to be on safer side.

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    Reduce physical activities which may cause injuries

    Avoid playing sports that may require contact with each other causing injuries if your blood platelet number is low.

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