When accidents happen and wounds or injuries show up as a sort of unwanted souvenir, the body is equipped with certain mechanisms which ensure that the healing process begins immediately. One of these natural mechanisms is the formation of a blood clot at the site of the injury or open wound, which is an important process responsible for preventing excessive bleeding as a result of an injury to a blood vessel. While human blood is made up of several cells, the part responsible for blood clotting is known as platelets or thrombocytes.
Photo Illustration Of Blood Platelets
When your skin becomes injured or broken, platelets would clump together and form clots that would, in turn, help put a stop to the bleeding. But when your blood platelets level is low or you simply don't have enough platelets in your blood, your body would then find it nearly impossible to form clots. When this happens, you are suffering from low platelet count, which is otherwise called thrombocytopenia. It is a condition that could range from mild to severe and can be caused by certain underlying causes such as leukaemia, bone marrow problem, iron deficiency, cirrhosis, etc.
Photo Illustration Of Low Platelet Count
Apart from noticing that your blood does not clot when your skin is wounded or injured, other notable symptoms of thrombocytopenia include nosebleeds, a rash with small red or purple dots, nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding gums, bleeding that lasts for too long or that doesn't stop on its own, blood in your stool, blood in your urine, and bleeding from the rectum. The condition may be serious and could potentially lead to severe internal bleeding in some cases, which could be fatal if not arrested on time, so it is highly advisable to visit your doctor if you notice any symptoms of the condition.
Be that as it may, for people living with immune thrombocytopenia, it is often advised to avoid the excessive consumption of certain foods that may interfere with blood clotting and thus, make bleeding worse. Highlighted below are some of the foods that are better consumed in moderation to avoid experiencing difficulty with blood clotting when you're injured:
3. Red Grapes
4. Saturated Fats (found in many types of meat and many processed foods)
5. Alcoholic Beverages
6. Fatty And Processed Meats
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