Lifestyle and home remedies
If you have idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, try to:
- Avoid activities that could cause injury. Ask your doctor which activities are safe for you. Contact sports — such as boxing, martial arts and football — carry a high risk of injury.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. Alcohol slows the production of platelets in your body. Ask your doctor whether it's OK for you to drink alcohol.
- 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 has had a splenectomy may be more severe than in someone who still has a spleen.
- Use caution with over-the-counter medications. Nonprescription drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) can impair platelet function.
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