Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, the following steps may help control your risk of bleeding and other complications:

  • Avoid platelet-impairing medications. Over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), can impair platelet function.
  • Choose low-impact physical activities. Your doctor may recommend avoiding competitive sports or other activities that might increase the risk of injury and bleeding.
  • Watch for signs of infection. If you've had your spleen removed, be alert for any signs of infection, including fever, and seek prompt treatment. Infection in someone who's had a splenectomy may be more severe, last longer and have more serious implications than in someone who still has an intact spleen.
Dec. 10, 2014

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