Explore Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
Some people fully recover from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). However, relapses (flareups) can occur in many people who have acquired and inherited TTP.
If you've had TTP, call your doctor right away if you have signs or symptoms of a relapse. These signs and symptoms include:
If you've been treated for TTP, ask your doctor about medicines that may raise your risk of bleeding during a relapse, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Also, tell your doctor about all over-the-counter medicines you take, including vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies.
Your doctor may ask whether you're using any products that contain quinine. Quinine is a substance often found in tonic water and nutritional health products. Quinine may trigger TTP or a flareup of the disorder.
If your child has inherited TTP, ask the doctor whether you need to restrict your child's activities.
Report any symptoms of infection, such as a fever, to your doctor. This is very important for people who have had their spleens removed.
Talk with your doctor about changing medicines that may raise your risk of TTP, such as ticlopidine and clopidogrel.
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