Thalassemia has caused my spleen to enlarge. How to control the spleen growth with home remedies?

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that is passed from generation to generation and causes the body to produce less than the required number of red cells, leading to anemia which ranges from mild to severe. One of the many symptoms of thalassemia includes an enlarged spleen, medically known as splenomegaly. The spleen plays an important role filtering and destroying old and damaged blood cells. It also prevents infections by producing white blood cells and helps in blood clotting by storing blood platelets. If you have an enlarged spleen, all these functions get affected. The spleen begins to filter even normal blood cells thus affecting the number of healthy blood cells in the blood stream. It also begins to store too many platelets thus creating a blockage in the spleen which also affects its functioning. The symptoms of an enlarged spleen include pain in the left upper abdominal region stretching up to the shoulder and a feeling of fullness despite not having eaten. You would also experience fatigue, infections and bleed easily.

In case of an enlarged spleen you should take care to avoid any kind of injury to that area. You should thus modify your activities to reduce risk of injuries, avoid all contact sports such as football, soccer etc and always wear a seatbelt in the car to avoid injuries to the abdominal area in case of an accident. There are also several simple home remedies that can help to control the growth of the spleen and restore its normal functioning. Lemon and onion are very beneficial for the spleen, so you should mix 10 ml lemon juice and 6 ml onion juice and drink it twice a day, morning and evening to treat an enlarged spleen. You can also soak 5 to 6 dates in water overnight and blend them in the mixer the next morning with ½ tsp honey and drink this everyday in the morning. Another good home remedy for enlarged spleen includes mustard and bitter gourd. You should add ½ tsp mustard powder to ½ a glass of bitter gourd juice and drink this twice a day, morning and evening. This will help to reduce the size of your spleen and restore it normal functioning. Drinking Aloe Vera juice daily is also said to be beneficial in case of an enlarged spleen. In case of a chronic condition of an enlarged spleen radiation treatment or even surgery is suggested since one can live without a spleen but if the spleen is excessively enlarged for a prolonged period it can lead to life threatening complications.

answered by G M

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