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This is a controversial topic among ITP sufferers but one that must be mentioned.
I have read a lot of forum talk from both sides of the argument. Each side of the debate seems back up by their own lived experience of getting sick while having ITP. Some people find getting a virus, cold or illness will reek havoc on their ITP. Others are completely the opposite. When they fall ill, they feel amazing! Their platelets rise and their bodies enjoy the process.
All I can go by is my own experience. I have found that when I have a VIRUS OR COLD (which is rare in itself) my blood count tends to look pretty good.
I have spoken to my haematologist about this and, though there are no definitive answers as to why, the general understanding is this – When my body is illness free, my immune system starts to attack my blood. However, when there is actually a virus or bacteria to attack and kill, my immune system’s ATTENTION IS DIVERTED to actual duties.
There are patients with ITP who state that the medications and supplements they take to treat the cold or flu that effects their blood count. They believe it is not a case of the immune systems attention being diverted, but more to do with taking better care of yourself when you are sick.
I tend to not take anything when I am feeling a little sick. The best medicine is a few days off work, bed rest, (Netflix) plenty of water and to wait it out. However crappy.
I know that this is not the case with everyone but it works for me. If you know for sure that cold and flus are bad for you, stay in with this months’ book club recommendation for winter. But perhaps, if you are one of the lucky ones, like me – head out and kiss all the snotty nosed, sick children you can find and give you platelets and bone marrow for that matter a break this winter.