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What causes bruising on my right thigh? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Apr-2014
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User:I have had the flu for over 1 month and I've noticed some bruising on my right thigh only and the bruising goes down to the muscle which had made the right thigh difficult and painful to move. I've been taking Naproxen Sodium and Tylenol for my Flu Symptoms.
Doctor:The problem seems to be due low platelet counts
User:Can you help me understand what can I expect to occur over time
Doctor:over time the bruise will change color
User:Should the platelet count improve as my flu symptoms subside?
Doctor:generally the viral fevers tend to cause platelet counts to drop
Doctor:you should get them checked once to see if that is indeed the cause
User:Is my platelet count related at all to the Naproxen Sodium I'm taking
Doctor:It is possible... even tylenol can cause platelet counts to drop
Doctor:These both belong to the category of non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs
Doctor:and do cause platelet counts to drop
Doctor:similar to what aspirin does
User:Since I need the Naproxen and Tylenol to function, should I just continue to tolerate the bruising until the platelets begin to rise as a result of the flu becoming cured?
Doctor:I would advise you to stop both napraxen and tylenol
Doctor:get the platelet counts checked
Doctor:if it is too low, you may need a platelet transfusion
Doctor:if the counts are not very low, you can wait for them to increase as the flu gets better
User:Can my diet increase my platelet count? I haven't been eating much since the flu has taken away my appetite
Doctor:Diet has no direct impact in short term
Doctor:don't massage the area
Doctor:let it get absorbed on its own
User:I'm not a haemophiliac and am otherwise normally healthy with no history of diabetes, etc..
Doctor:and if you develop any more bruises, then please consult your local doctor without delay
Doctor:Yes, I can understand that
Doctor:You don't need to be haemophiliac to develop low platelet counts
Doctor:Please follow my advise given above
Doctor:You will be alright soon
User:If I do some light exercise for work, I'm a photographer and I need to see some clients should this light exercise help the absorption process?
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor:I would advise against exercise for another week
Doctor:get your platelet counts checked please
Doctor:without knowing that it is all really a speculation
User:Thank you so much for your very helpful and detailed advise and I agree with your advise to get my platelets checked
Doctor:Thanks for using the service
Doctor:have a good day ahead
Doctor:take care
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