Our blood is made up of various types of cells, namely RBCs (red blood cells), WBCs (white blood cells), and Platelets also known as Thrombocytes. Platelets are the blood cells that help your blood to clot. When your skin is wounded, platelets clump together to form clots to stop the bleeding.
But when you do not have enough blood platelets in your body, blood clots cannot form which can cause symptoms such as fatigue, bleeding gums, and easy bruising. A low platelet count is also referred to as Thrombocytopenia.
Certain conditions such as dengue, alcohol abuse, autoimmune diseases, cancer treatments, cirrhosis of the liver, leukemia, enlargement of the spleen, sepsis, and certain medications can bring your platelets count down, or in medical terms, cause thrombocytopenia.
Symptoms Of Low Blood Platelet Count
Mild cases of low blood platelet count may have you experiencing the following symptoms-
- Bleeding nose
- Bleeding gums
- Prolonged wound bleeding
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the stool
- In case of a severe condition, you may vomit blood
- Heavy internal bleeding may lead to bleeding in the brain. Consult your doctor immediately in case you have low blood platelet count and experience headaches or any neuro-related problem.
If a blood test shows that your platelet count is low, it’s important to work with your doctor to figure out what’s causing it. If you have a severely low platelet count, you will very likely need immediate and urgent medical attention.
However, if you have mild thrombocytopenia, you may very well be able to increase your platelet count through diet.
Foods that can naturally help increase low platelet count
- Green or red bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Dark, leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and Brussels sprouts
- Black-eyed peas
- Kidney beans
- White beans and kidney beans
- Soybeans and soybean oil
- Turnip greens
- Fortified breakfast cereals and dairy alternatives
Note: Some research suggests that cow’s milk can negatively affect the production of platelets.
- Beef liver
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dark chocolate
(Special Mention) Papaya Leaves
One almost magical home remedy to increase platelets count quickly is to boil papaya leaves in water and drink the solution. This method is highly effective when there is a sharp decline in platelet count, in cases such as dengue and malaria.