The platelet count in a healthy human adult is from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. When there is a marked and sustained decrease, it is an indication of a disorder called thrombocytopenia. If the platelet count dips below 50,000 per microliter, emergency treatment is required. Causes of thrombocytopenia can include excess drug and alcohol use, Vitamin B12 deficiency, prolonged dehydration and more severe issues like sepsis and leukemia.
Snake bites and Lyme disease can also cause this disorder. A full blood workup will help pinpoint the problem. You may even be asked to submit to a bone marrow biopsy. Treatment will be dictated by how severe the disorder has become. Your doctor may give you an injection of corticosteroids, which are used to increase platelet production. The key to eliminating thrombocytopenia is treating the underlying cause. This disorder should not be ignored. Left untreated it can cause organ severe damage.
The amount of time you can expect to bleed when cut will depend on the depth and length of the injury. Everyone is different, but you have had experience with cuts in the past and will be able to gauge if it is taking too much time for your blood to clot. If you have a concern, your doctor can administer a blood test.
There are two methods currently used to gauge a person’s bleed time with the longest estimating that the cut should take no more than 10 minutes to close. Be aware that aspirin can lengthen your bleed time. When presenting as a symptom of thrombocytopenia, this prolonged bleed time is due to your body’s struggle to coagulate your blood, which is what closes up cuts.