Platelets are the tiny particles in blood which start the process of blood clotting. When we get a small injury it is these platelets which spring into action.
So if you are short of platelets, then you tend to have abnormal bleeds like from nose, mouth, motion or in case of women during the monthly period.
Many virus infections cause low platelets and in India, Dengue infection is one of the common causes for this problem.
If it is very severely affected, admission into hospital and platelet transfusion are usually advised.
There are also other diseases with low platelets like ITP.
Treatment is by various medicines or removal of spleen as a last resort. Remember, if you consume alcohol regularly and without control, your platelets can drop to dangerously low values.
Dr.K.RAGHU is one of India's senior HAEMATOLOGISTS,
in practice for the past 36 years.
He sees outpatients in Arunodhaya Medical Center, Coimbatore.
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