By Michelle Ponte
It’s important for your doctor to be aware of the following ITP symptoms.
- Pinpoint-sized reddish-purplish spots on your skin that look like a rash, but aren’t raised (called petechiae).
- Dark red or purple bruises caused by bleeding underneath the skin with no known cause (called purpura).
- Bruising or spots in your mouth.
- A lump of clotted—or partially clotted—blood under your skin (called a hematoma).
- Frequent, persistent or heavy nosebleeds.
- Blood in the urine or stool.
- Bleeding inside the mouth from the cheeks (blood blisters) or gums with no known cause.
- Heavy menses in women.
- Prolonged bleeding from cuts.
Be sure to tell your doctor how often you experience the above bleeding symptoms and mention any other bleeding that’s hard to stop.
Published July 2011