Bleeding Disorder Post COVID-19 Vaccine – Surprising Side-Effect Leaves Researchers Worried
We’ve all been waiting for quite a long time for the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, right? And now, when scientists have developed it, millions of people are lining up to get their shots. However, every now and then, headlines about side-effects among vaccinated people surface that leave everyone in a skeptical position.
While mild side-effects like pain, fever, and fatigue are known to everyone, unexpected after-effects like the “COVID arm” and even ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia) are leaving researchers baffled. A few cases of people contracting ITP, a rare bleeding disorder, have come to light. And to know whether or not you should be worried about falling prey to the condition, understanding the cause behind it is imperative.
Let’s have a look at what experts have to say.
What exactly happens in Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)?
The process of blood clotting in your body is carried out by special blood cells called platelets. The condition ITP, as the name suggests, causes the immune system to make antibodies against these platelets, thereby reducing their count.
Due to limited platelets in the blood, your bleeding tendency increases, and you get reddish purplish spots on your skin called petechiae. People may also experience nosebleeds, bruises, bleeding from the mouth, and heavy periods.
What the vaccine manufacturers have to say about the reported cases of ITP?
Over the past few weeks, since the vaccinations started, only 19 clear cases of ITP have been reported. These have been evenly distributed among the manufacturers of two approved COVID-19 vaccines in the US – Pfizer and Moderna.
The Pfizer vaccine manufacturers have said that they’re aware of the occurrence of the condition, and they’re collecting more information to share with the FDA. They further said that they’re closely monitoring all the vaccine’s side-effects and till now, they haven’t identified any causal relationship between ITP and the vaccine.
Moderna spokesperson has revealed that the company shares the safety information with the regulators from time to time. They further noted that a bleeding disorder rate is quite below the expected number of such events.
To sum it up
With so much talk about vaccine side-effects going around, you might be doubtful whether to get the vaccine or not. As per the statement by the medical advisory board of PDSA, till now, there’s no confirmation that the cases of ITP in COVID-19 vaccine recipients are causal. They can be coincidental too. And hence, this shouldn’t provide a reason for not being vaccinated. The risk of contracting Coronavirus infection is more than the risk of developing ITP.
More in Health & Well-being
OMG! These Delicious Foods Are Getting You Sick. Bet You Didn’t Know about Number 3!
Food is essential to human life. But as crucial it is, unless you eat healthy food in the right quantity, it...January 22, 2021
Bid the Excuses Goodbye- Leafy Greens are All You Need to Lead a Healthy Life!
We get it- life nowadays is super hectic and, with the hustle-bustle of everyday life, self-care often gets pushed back to...January 19, 2021
If You Like Naps, you’ll Love This – The Ultimate Napping Guide That Won’t Disrupt Your Sleep
Who doesn’t like a good daytime nap! Most of us have to wake up early to get our kids to the...January 13, 2021
Are You a Victim of Gaslighting? Here Are Tell-Tale Signs That You Are Being Manipulated
Gaslighting is never acceptable from any angle, and for psychotherapists, it’s a serious matter to be dealt with. It happens when...January 4, 2021
Genetics Isn’t the Sole Reason You Have Depression — Here Are Other Contributing Factors
Have you ever wondered why some people are depressed while others aren’t? Millions are affected by this mental health problem and...December 30, 2020
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich Love Story Dissected – From Accidental Appearance to Being Engaged!
Finding love in the time of the coronavirus seems unlikely but let Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich prove that wrong –...December 30, 2020
A Royal Conundrum: Do Kate and William Have a Better Marriage Than Meghan and Harry?
When Meghan Markle officially joined the royal family in May 2018, many people were delighted because finally, Prince Harry had already...December 29, 2020
Not Sure if a Person Likes You? Here Are Subtle Signs That Point to ‘Yes’
Deciphering if a person is into you or not is never a walk in the park. Several dates and hangouts don’t...October 21, 2020
Alicia Keys’ Skincare Routine Contains an Anti-Blemish Lotion with a Really Foul Smell!
Celebrities are expected to always look their best, a perception that is anchored on the unrealistic notion that their skin is flawless at...October 19, 2020