Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI 02903
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The Miriam Hospital
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
11 Friendship St
Newport, RI 02840
Platelets are cells that help your blood clot when you bleed. Some types of chemotherapy make it harder for your body to make platelets. A low platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. Your doctor will check your platelet count throughout your chemotherapy treatment.
What to do:
Use a soft toothbrush.
Blow your nose gently.
Be careful when using scissors, knives or sharp objects.
Use an electric shaver.
Apply pressure to any cuts until bleeding stops.
Wear shoes all the time to protect your feet.
Do not use dental floss or toothpicks.
Avoid contact sports or activities that could cause injury.
Do not use enemas, suppositories, tampons or rectal thermometers.
Do not wear tight clothes with tight collars, wrists or waistbands.
Check with your doctor or nurse before:
Taking vitamins, herbs, minerals, dietary supplements, aspirin or other over-the-counter medications. Some of these medications may increase your risk of bleeding.
When to call your doctor or nurse:
Please call if your urine is pink or red, if you have black or bloody stools, unexpected bruising or bleeding, bleeding from your nose or gums, or a rash of tiny red or purple dots.