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Taking Care of Yourself

You can still do a lot of things, but you may need to make some changes to your lifestyle to prevent getting hurt or cut. For instance, avoid sports such as football and downhill skiing.

Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, to give your body the nutrients it needs. Ask your doctor if you should avoid food with quinine and aspartame: tonic water, bitter lemon, bitter melon, some diet sodas, and sugar-free foods.

You probably shouldn't take medicines that make bleeding easier, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

Check with your doctor if it's OK for you to drink alcohol, and if it is, how much.

What to Expect

Your case may be different from someone else's. Your doctor will watch you to see how you're doing.  If your case is mild, you may not need any treatment. But even people who do need treatment can lead full lives.

Find out as much as you can about your condition so you can best manage it.

Getting Support

The Platelet Disorder Support Association has information about ITP and ways to connect with others who also have it.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on June 28, 2014

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