I have been taking papaya leaf tablets(Swanson) - not sure if it's helping but I am continuing to take them. My platelet count is really low(25000) but I guess it helps to stay clear of any petechiae or bruises.
My son was 21 months old when diagnosed with ITP with platelets at 11,000. He was given IVig twice and platelets went up to 23,000 but dropped the next day to the teens. He was then given prednisolone but dropped to 10,000 a couple days after finishing the medication. Hematology gave him IV WinRho and his number went up for one day and dropped again to 10,000. He was then given dexamethasone, which only increased platelets to around 35,000.
It was at that point that I started giving him organic papaya leaf extract. Because he was not even 2 years old yet, I did not give him a high amount- I gave him 0.625 ml twice daily. We did not see a steady increase in his platelets until about a month later. And about 2 months after starting the papaya leaf extract, his platelets finally came into the normal range at 162,000.
I’m not sure if it was the papaya leaf extract by itself that brought it up completely or if his body was just healing on its own but I feel like the papaya leaf did probably play a big role. It didn’t cause any side effects for him. I discussed with the pediatrician, and he said he thought it wouldn’t hurt to keep him on it for a couple months after platelets improved since none of the traditional treatment protocols seemed to help him.
He still gets some mild bruising on his legs but he is a very active 2 year old who falls regularly as he plays.
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