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Coping With Blood-Clotting Problems Related to Chemotherapy
- Unexpected bruising
- Small, red spots on the skin
- Reddish or pinkish urine
- Black or bloody stool
- Bleeding gums
- Heavy vaginal bleeding that lasts longer than a regular period or that is not related to your period
- Headaches or vision problems
- Warm to hot feeling of an arm or leg
- Feeling confused or excessively tired
Tips to Help Prevent Problems If Your Platelet Count Is Low
Check with your healthcare team before:
- Taking any medication, including herbs, supplements, or over-the-counter drugs
- Drinking any alcoholic beverages
- Using dental floss
- Having sex
- Use a very soft toothbrush to clean your teeth.
- When cleaning your nose, blow gently into a soft tissue.
- Take extra care not to cut or nick yourself when using scissors, needles, knives, or tools.
- Use an electric shaver instead of a razor.
- Wear shoes all the time, even if you are indoors.
- Be careful not to burn yourself when ironing or cooking.
- Drink plenty of fluids and eat fiber to promote normal bowel movements.
- Avoid contact sports and other activities that might result in injury.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2015
- Update Date: 12/21/2015