Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Home Care

Home care for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura includes:

  • Avoid medications that may cause bleeding.
  • Avoid injuries:
    • Do not play contact sports.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Learn everything you can about idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura:
    • The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be to participate with your doctor in making treatment decisions.
    • Ask your doctor about good sources for information.
    • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura References
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