Because spots on skin caused by purpura can result from a variety of conditions, a number of treatments are possible.

In some cases, there will be no immediate treatment and your doctor will ask you to simply monitor the situation. If it doesn’t go away or worsens, treatment will commence.

On the other hand, if a severe underlying cause is suspected, treatment can begin immediately. Once again, it’s not the rash that’s treated, but rather the condition that is causing the rash.

Thrombocytopenic purpura treatments will typically focus on enhancing blood platelet levels. The most common treatment is corticosteroids that help reduce the activity in the immune system and set an optimal environment to grow your platelet count.

These medications will generally restore platelet levels in a few weeks.

If you’ve already done a few treatment cycles with corticosteroids or unresponsive to them, intravenous immunoglobulin may be administered for a short boost in platelet levels.

You could also receive various medications. Medications to treat purpura include “Rituxan,” which helps lowers immune response, or “Promacta,” which encourages bone marrow to produce more platelets.

In some cases, the spleen is holding on to platelets and preventing them from circulating in the body. When this condition can’t be improved through medication, you may have to undergo a splenectomy (surgical spleen removal).

This will usually occur after a medication cycle attempting to reduce the size of the spleen.

If cancer is the underlying cause of the purpura, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments will be conducted.

As with any illness related to inflammation, you can always try and complement medical treatment with nutrition. Iron, vitamin B6, and folate may all help restore platelet levels, but focusing on a diet with plenty of leafy green veggies, fruit, and fatty fish may also offer some assistance.


Author's Bio: 

Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.