‘This is the reality of what is underneath’ Laura Hamilton reveals purple bruising on her arms as she details symptoms of rare autoimmune disease  

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

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

The A Place in the Sun host, 39, posted a photo of herself hurting her arm while holding her arm in a mirror before heading out to film the show’s latest series in France.

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Illness: Laura Hamilton, 39, took to Instagram on Sunday to elaborate on the reality of living with the rare autoimmune disease Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP).

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She wrote in the caption of the tell-all post: ‘This week I may have posted a few pictures in a beautiful dress, but the reality is what’s underneath and what’s not…

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

Continued: ‘Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an auto immune disorder that can cause easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. Bleeding is caused by abnormally low levels of platelets – cells that help the blood clot.’

Sufferers: This disease can cause easy or excessive bleeding or bruising, with many purple lesions, as well as small reddish-purple dots that look like a rash.

Sufferers: This disease can cause easy or excessive bleeding or bruising, with many purple lesions, as well as small reddish-purple dots that look like a rash.

Sad: She captioned all the posts: 'This week I may have posted some pics in pretty outfits, but it's the reality of what's underneath and what you can't see...'

Sad: She captioned all the posts: ‘This week I may have posted some pics in pretty outfits, but it’s the reality of what’s underneath and what you can’t see…’

Message to his followers: ‘If you are an ITP victim then my condolences are with you. Don’t let it get you down. follow your dreams. Anything is possible. There’s no need to hold you back…’

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.

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

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

Laura, who was on a ‘very strict diet’ at the time, discovered severe bruising on her feet 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 “lucky enough” to be able to “manage” the condition.

Laura told the publication: ‘It’s something that’s kind of managed. I’m quite lucky. Ok.’

Disturbing: Laura, who was on a 'very strict diet' at the time, discovered severe bruising on her legs and was encouraged by her mother-in-law to see a doctor where she was later diagnosed with ITP.

Disturbing: Laura, who was on a ‘very strict diet’ at the time, discovered severe bruising on her legs and was encouraged by her mother-in-law to see a doctor where she was later diagnosed with ITP.

What is Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)?

Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a disorder that can cause easy or excessive bruising and bleeding.

Bleeding results from abnormally low levels of platelets – cells that help blood clot.

Formerly known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, ITP can cause purple lesions, 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 disorder is often long-term.

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

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

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

Source: Mayo Clinic

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