Self-management

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.