Platelets, also referred to as thrombocytes, are small blood cells that are produced in the bone marrow. Low blood platelet count in dengue fever primarily means that the blood has lost its normal clotting abilities and the ability of fighting against infection.
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- Increase the intake of food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acid. Walnuts, spinach and flax seeds are some of the options that help in strengthening the immune system thus helping the bone marrow to create more platelets.
- Papaya leaves are high in complex vitamins, and when taken in the form of juice it also helps the bone marrow to increase the production of platelets.
- Taking a cup of berries a day is helpful in increasing the platelet count in dengue fever. They neutralise free radicals and facilitate platelet production.
- Organic tomatoes are rich in minerals and vitamins. The potent antioxidant lycopene present in them helps in increasing the platelet count.
- Consume vitamin rich foods. Oranges, kiwi and cabbage are rich sources of vitamin.
- Aloe vera juice is very helpful in increasing the platelet count.
- Corticosteroids: They are mostly prescribed for increasing the platelet count in a few days. They must be taken with food.
Platelet Transfusion: It is the transfer of a donor’s platelets through an intravenous drip in the vein of the arm or hand of the patient. People with AIDS and those who are undergoing chemotherapy or any kind of organ transplant are often advised to go for platelet transfusions.
- Surgical Splenectomy: A surgery for removing spleen. This is done when the patient’s antibodies start destroying the platelets. Prescribed medication such as prednisone and immunoglobulin are also used to increase the blood platelet count.
- Vitamin C tablets: Water soluble vitamin C tablets easily get absorbed and quickly restore the platelet count in dengue.
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