ITP Early Detection & Prevention logoNo one knows what causes the immune system to mount an attack on platelets and, unfortunately, it is not known how to prevent the onset of ITP. There are, however, several signs and symptoms that may indicate ITP and, when directly defined, may assist in early detection.

Possible early indicators of ITP are listed below along with several tips for living a healthy lifestyle in an effort to assist with prevention. While there are many treatments for ITP and some people will go into remission, there is no cure for the condition. With increased awareness, education, and research there remains hope.

Early Detection: Understand Normal Platelet Counts and Potential Causes of Low Platelets

Know the Possible Signs and Symptoms of Low Platelets

Signs (things you see)

  • Petechiae – small, reddish-purple spots that look like a rash, but are not raised
  • Bruising or purpura - dark red or purple bruises (black and blue marks) with no known cause
  • Any bleeding that may be unusual, heavier, or lasting longer than usual:
    • Heavy menses in women
    • Frequent, heavy, or persistent nosebleeds
    • Bleeding inside the mouth on the cheeks (blood blisters) or from the gums with no known cause
  • Blood in urine or stool

Symptoms (things you feel)

  • Fatigue
  • Depression


The Power of a Healthy Diet and Lifestyle