Purpura / ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura)

Homeopathic treatment

Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available.

Conventional or allopathic treatment of purpura depends on the severity of the patient's condition. Treatment may include several types of medications and occasionally surgery to remove the spleen.

Medications: Hematologists may administer immunoglobulins intravenously to try to get a rapid increase in the platelet count. It usually works quickly to prevent the spleen from destroying platelets, but usually does not have a long term effect on ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids may also be used to treat ITP. These decrease the body's production of the antibody that attaches itself to platelets and leads to their destruction. Hematologists carefully watch platelet counts during treatment.

Surgery: Occasionally the spleen may need to be removed in an operation called splenectomy. This is most commonly done for patients who have a low platelet count despite taking immunosuppressive drugs.

No matter what treatment is chosen, occasionaly idiopathic thromocytopenic purpura or ITP recurs. Patients should watch carefully for symptoms.

Unfortunately, allopathic medicines offer no treatment for HSP or Henoch-Schonlein Purpura. Steroids and chemotherapy are their best offerings and neither result in a quick or permanent cure. Steroids provide absolutely no benefit but doctors continue to prescribe them. The list of side effects of steroids is mile long. Side effects like weight gain, fatigue, a swollen face, stomachache, nausea, lowered resistence to infections, and mood swings.

Along with unpleasant and perhaps long lasting side effects, allopathic medicine can often make us sicker. Acetaminophen can deplete glutathione levels decreasing immunity and the body's ability to detoxify. Depleted glutathione levels have also been implicated in autistic spectrum disorder. Accidental acetaminophen overdose has been identified as the number one cause of acute liver failure in the United States of America. Ibuprofen is creating serious adverse reactions in children who are mildly dehydrated.

Usually, allopathic medicines do not cure illness. They simply suppress symptoms. Antibiotics, steroids, even acetaminophen and ibuprofen can drive an illness deeper so eventually a more serious issue may develop. A prime example of this is children who develop asthma after using corticosteroid creams to treat eczema. Instead of using the skin to express disease in the body, the lungs now become the target of this expression. Some allopathic medicines can even create the need for more medication. This is often seen in the elderly who are put on one medication after the other when each new medication brings new side effects (symptoms). Thus each new 'symptom' results in a new medication until they are on 5 or more different medications. This is not to say allopathic medicine does no good or there is not a need for certain medications. For may people allopathic medicine is a true life saver. But for many others, it creates the ill health it endeavors to appease.

On the other hand homeopathy is a non toxic system of medicine used by millions of people worldwide. Medicines are extremely dilute tinctures of natural substances. These can be used to improve adrenal functioning, detoxify the body from drugs such as prednisone, and address other imbalances, including emotional issues like depression. Remedies are know to be patient specific rather than disease specific.

Many of the chronic illnesses experienced today are a result of suppressed symptoms / illness. Continued suppression makes the disease that much more complicated and difficult to cure. Additionally we are already seeing antibiotics fail and more and more virulent illnesses which do not respond to any allopathic treatment.

Thankfully homeopathy can frequently treat that which allopathic medicine cannot. Many come to a homeopath as a last resort because all else has failed. Surely some day homeopathy will be the medicine of first choice, not a treatment of last resort.

There are more than 100 homeopathy medicines which give great relief in purpura. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus remedies are designer made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same surgery or drugs although trade name may be different.

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What is purpara or ITP

Purpura is purple-colored spots and patches that occur on the skin, on organs, and in mucous membranes, including the lining of the mouth. They are also known as blood spots; skin hemorrhages.

It occurs when small blood vessels under the skin leak. When spots are very small, they are called petechiae. Large purpura are called ecchymoses.

A person with purpura may have normal platelet counts (non thrombocytopenic purpuras) or decreased platelet count (thrombocytopenic purpura).

Platelets (thrombocytes) are colorless blood cells that stop blood loss by clumping together at the site of a blood vessel injury and forming plugs in vessel holes.

Causes & symptoms

Non thrombocytopenic purpura may be due to:

  • Drugs that affect platelet function.
  • Congenital cytomegalovirus.
  • Congenital rubella syndrome.
  • Fragile blood vessels (senile purpura).
  • Pressue changes that occur during vaginal childbirth.
  • Vasculitis such as Henoch - Schonlein purpura.

Thrombocytopenic purpura may be due to:

  • Drugs that prevent platelets from forming.
  • Hemangioma.
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
  • Immune neonatal thrombocytopenia.
  • Meningococcemia.

The commonest one is idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), also called immune thrombocytopenic purpura, is a bleeding disorder in which your blood has difficulty clotting due to an unusually low number of platelets.

People with ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), because of their low platelet count, tend to bruise easily and bleed longer when injured. Nosebleeds and bleeding gums also are common.

ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is often divided into two categories : Acute and Chronic. Acute ITP is the most common form and occurs most frequently in children, typically after a viral infection. It usually goes away on its own within 6 months. Chronic ITP lasts longer than 6 months and is more common in adults.

Treatment depends on signs, symptoms and platelet count. The goal of treatment for both children and adults is to create a safe platelet count and avoid bleeding complications.

Signs that typically indicate a low platelet count include:

  • Easy or excessive bruising (purpura).
  • Superficial bleeding into your skin that appears as a rash of pinpoint sized reddish purple spots (petechiae), usually on your legs.
  • Prolonged bleeding from cuts.
  • Spontaneous bleeding from your gums or nose.
  • Blood in urine or stool.
  • Unusually heavy menstrual flow.
  • Profuse bleeding during surgery.

Serious or widespread bleeding indicates an emergency and requires immediate care.

Who gets ITP

There are two types of ITP. One type affects children, and the other type affects adults. In children, the usual age for getting ITP is 2 to 4 years. Most adults with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or ITP are young women, but it can occur in anyone. ITP does not run in families.

How Does ITP affects children

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura or ITP is different in children than in adults. Most children with ITP have a very low platelet count that causes sudden bleeding. The usual symptoms are bruises and the tiny red dots on the skin. Nosebleeds and bleeding gums are also common.

How does ITP affects adults

In most adults, ITP lasts much longer than it does in children. At the time of diagnosis, most adults have noticed increased bleeding and easy bruising for several weeks, or even months. In women, increased menstrual blood flow is a major sign.

Many adults have only mild thrombocytopenia. In fact, quite a few people have no bleeding symptoms. They are only diagnosed with ITP when their blood is checked for another reason and a low blood platelet count is found.

Another one Henoch Schonlein Purpura or HSP is a disease that causes small blood vessels in the skin to leak because of inflammation. The primary symptom is a rash that looks like many small raised bruises on the legs. The rash is most often on the legs and buttocks, but it can appear on other parts of the body. Some people with Henoch Schonlein purpura or HSP also develop abdominal pain or joint pains (arthritis). The kidneys may be affected as well, causing blood or protein in the urine. HSP can occur any time in life, but it usually happens in children between the ages 2 and 11.

In most cases, HSP lasts 4 to 6 weeks, with no long term consequences. Sometimes symptoms come and go during this time period. About one in three people have more than one episode (recurrence) of HSP. Recurrences usually occur within a few months and are usually less severe than the initial episode. Even when it lasts longer than a few months, HSP can still resolve completely. The primary symptoms of HSP is a rash that looks like many small raised bruises on the legs.

HSP has 4 main symtoms:

  • Rashes and bruising.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Arthritis.
  • Kidney involvement.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of ITP is one of exclusion. First, one has to make sure that there are no other blood abnormalities except for low platelet count and no physical signs except for signs of bleeding.

You will be asked when you first noticed the lesion and whether you noticed other lesions on your body. Any family history of a bleeding disorder or easy bruising. What medications you are taking, if any, and describe your diet. You will be asked about recent trauma or transfusions and the development of associated signs, such as epistaxis, bleeding gums, hematuria and hematochazia. And about systemic complaints that may suggest infection, such as fever and in the case of female patient the doctor would ask for any heavy menstrual flow. Your entire skin surface will be examined to determine the type, size, location, distribution, and severity of purpuric lesions as well as the mucous membranes.

Then, the secondary causes (usually 5-10% of suspected ITP cases) should be excluded. Secondary causes could be leukemia, medications (quinine, heparin and so on), lupus erythematosus, cirrhosis, HIV, hepatitis e, congenital causes, anti phospholipid syndrome, von Willebrand factor deficiency and others.

In addition to taking medical history and performing a physical examination, your doctor may order the following tests when checking for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or ITP:

  • Complete blood count.
  • Blood smear.
  • Bone marrow examination.

*Dear Dr. Rohit my wife Meena Chidambaram is taking treatment for chronic renalfailure from a local homeopath. But the present problem is ITP i.e. idiopathic thrombocytopenia since 6 months. Had subdural haematoma and that has been drained out. She is presently in the hospital. Platelet count is 12,000 now. Patient's kidney problem is under control. Before the incident of SDH i.e. subdural haematoma her creatine was 4.5 and blood urea was 99.

She is aged 59 years married at the age of 28 years. No children. Had undergone hysterectomy at the age of 46 years due to severe continuous bleeding. Chronic kidney disease was detected in March 2009. At the time of detection creatine was 5.6 and. urea 170. Started homeopathy treatment in 2010 June and creatine and urea got reduced to 4.5 and 99. In January 2011 ITP i.e. idiopathic thrombocytopenia was detected with platelet count of 11000. Had undergone bone marrow tests for cancer and so on and finally diagnosed as ITP. Now on 2nd June 2011 there was severe headache and vomiting and when CT scan was taken it was diagonised as subdural hematoma or SDH. Platelet count at the time of admission was 18,000. Surgery was done on 5th and fluid has been drained out. After transfusion of platelet the count increased but over a period this has got reduced to very low critical leverls.

She is not diabetic. At present she is taking allopathy medicine for hypertension Concor 1.25, Eletroxin 50 mg for thyroid, Shelcal 500 two tablets, Erythropoietin 5000 IU once in 10 days for maintaining the hemoglobin level. She has no edema and her hypertension is well maintained. No dialysis has been done till date. I seek your treatment in the matter.

Since she is CKD (chronic kidney disease) patient she is very careful in taking her foods like low potassium foods and so on if it is high in potassium such vegetables are leached before cooking. She drinks two cups of tea after cooling and no other soft drinks or beverages. She has been permitted to take about 1.5 ltrs of water including tea and so on.

Emotionally not very strong. Before the detection of CKD there was behavioural changes like anger, crying,shouting at people, loosing her temper and was upset whenever not being able to cope up with the tension at home front.

After 45 days of treatment Since starting your treatment she has put on around 6 kgs and her weight is now 46.5 kgs. It is now more than 45 days since treatment was started for ITP disease of my wife Meena Chidambaram. I had her platelets checked today. By God's grace and due to your medication it has now reached 60,000. Present medicines will last for another 12 days.You may please arrange to send the medicines. Thanks and regards, yours sincerely, Chidambaram.

After 70 days of treatment Meena had her blood tested for routine nephrology check up. Her platelet count is now 93,000. Considerable improvement in 75 days. Thanking you, Regards, Chidambaram.

- Mr. R. Chidambaram

Trivandrum, Kerala, India

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My son is suffering from ITP. His platelets went down to 10000. Doctors gave him transfusions and put him on steroids. He couldn't take those medicines because of the bitter taste. We switched over to homeopathy. Doctor has given medicines that contain phosphorus,calcium,iron and prednisone 30. Can you please tell me whether it is safe to take the medicine? Is it a steroid? Does it has any side effects.

Meenu Khanna
Oct 16, 2017 8:37 pm Reply

Dear, Sir, My wife is suffering ITP since few months. her platelets now 24000 thousand. sir tell me about how to control her low platelet counts. REGARD, RAHUL MURJANI.

Rahul Urjani
Dec 2, 2016 7:39 pm Reply

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