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How Can Immune Thrombocytopenia Be Prevented?

You can't prevent immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), but you can prevent its complications.

  • Talk with your doctor about which medicines are safe for you. Your doctor may advise you to avoid medicines that can affect your platelets and increase your risk of bleeding. Examples of such medicines include aspirin and ibuprofen.
  • Protect yourself from injuries that can cause bruising or bleeding.
  • Seek treatment right away if you develop any infections. Report any symptoms of infection, such as a fever, to your doctor. This is very important for people who have ITP and have had their spleens removed.
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Last Updated: March 14, 2012