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Laura Hamilton describes symptoms of ITP, including bruising and bleeding gums

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‘This is the reality of what’s underneath’ Laura Hamilton reveals purple bruises on her arms as she describes symptoms of a rare autoimmune disease while filming A Place In The Sun in France










Laura Hamilton took to Instagram on Sunday to describe the reality of living with the rare autoimmune disease Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP).

The disease can cause easy or excessive bleeding or bruising, with many experiencing purple bruises as well as small reddish-purple dots that look like a rash.

The 39-year-old A Place In The Sun presenter posted a photo showing the bruises by holding her arm in the mirror before heading out to film the show’s latest series in France.

Illness: Laura Hamilton, 39, described the realities of living with the rare autoimmune disease Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) on Instagram on Sunday

She wrote in the caption of the all-encompassing post: “This week I may have posted a few pictures in pretty dresses, but this is the reality of what’s underneath and what you can’t see…

“I have bruises on my arms and my gums are bleeding. This is ITP.’

Continued to: ‘Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. The bleeding is due to unusually low platelets — the cells that help blood clot.”

Suffering: The disease can cause easy or excessive bleeding or bruising, with many having purple bruises as well as small reddish-purple dots that look like a rash

Suffering: The disease can cause easy or excessive bleeding or bruising, with many having purple bruises as well as small reddish-purple dots that look like a rash

Sad: She wrote in the caption of the all-encompassing post:

Sad: She wrote in the caption of the all-encompassing post: “This week I may have posted a few pictures in pretty dresses, but this is the reality of what’s underneath and what you can’t see…”

Giving a message to her followers: ‘If you are an ITP patient, my thoughts are with you. Don’t let it get you down. Follow your dreams. Everything is possible. You don’t have to let it stop you…’

The disease affects only 4,000 adults at a time and is most common in young women.

Laura first spoke about the condition last year after noticing changes in her body following the birth of daughter Tahlia in 2015.

Changes: Laura first spoke about the condition last year after noticing changes in her body following the birth of daughter Tahlia in 2015

Changes: Laura first spoke about the condition last year after noticing changes in her body following the birth of daughter Tahlia in 2015

At the time, Laura, who had also been on a ‘rather strict diet’, discovered excessive bruising on her legs and was encouraged by her mother-in-law to see a doctor, where she was later diagnosed with ITP.

In April, she discussed her battle with the rare autoimmune disease with The Sun, and the presenter admitted she was “quite fortunate” and able to “manage” the condition.

Laura told the publication, “It’s something that’s kind of managed. I’m very lucky. It’s alright.’

Worryingly, at the time, Laura, who had also been on a

Worryingly, at the time, Laura, who had also been on a “rather strict diet,” discovered excessive bruising on her legs and was encouraged to see a doctor by her mother-in-law, who was later diagnosed with ITP.

What is immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)?

Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a condition that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding.

The bleeding is due to unusually low levels of platelets — the cells that help blood clot.

Formerly known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, ITP can cause purple bruises, as well as small reddish-purple dots that look like a rash.

Children can develop ITP after a viral infection and usually make a full recovery without treatment. In adults, the condition is often long-lasting.

Immune thrombocytopenia usually occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys platelets, which are cell fragments that help blood clot.

In adults, this can be caused by an infection with HIV, hepatitis, or H. pylori – the type of bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

In most children with ITP, the condition follows a viral illness, such as mumps or the flu.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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