Blood Disorders You Should Be Aware Of

September 22, 2017

Did you know that September is Blood Diseases Awareness Month?

Paramount Direct cares for you, that’s why we have listed some of the blood diseases that you should be aware of.

1. Anemia

This disorder is caused by a decreased number of red blood cells and/or hemoglobin (the protein that carries the oxygen in the blood). It may be due to excessive blood loss, poor production or too much destruction of red blood cells.

One should be careful, as anemia that develops slowly will not give you any symptoms. This means that you wouldn’t know if you already have it unless you get a blood test. On the other hand, anemia that develops rapidly gives off symptoms such as paleness, general fatigue, shortness of breath, tongue swelling, and unusual cravings for items which are not even food. (Uhm...)

Remember that anemia and other blood disorders may come at you no matter how young or how old you are, might as well be vigilant and have blood check-ups from time to time.

2. Erythrocytosis

While anemia is determined as the disorder caused by the decreased number of red blood cells, erythrocytosis is its opposite.

This blood disorder is caused by an excessive or unnecessary number of red blood cells which makes the blood concentration thicker, making it flow less easily through small blood vessels. This increases the risk of blood clotting which may lead to stroke, heart attack or even death.

In addition to this, research has claimed that this disorder may cause severe complications such as blood cancer or leukemia and excessive bleeding or hemorrhage.

3. Leukopenia

Leukopenia is caused by a decreased number of white blood cells. Knowing that white blood cells protect you from bad bacteria and/or foreign substances in your blood, having leukopenia extremely weakens your immune system and makes you prone to severe infections and/or health complications.

Specialists say that you can’t prevent having this blood disorder, but you can prevent infections while your white blood cell count is low by eating a healthy and balanced diet, avoiding injuries and less exposure from germs or bad bacteria.

4. Leukocytosis

Leukocytosis on the other hand is caused by an increased number of white blood cells.

Science explains that its symptoms are basically due to an underlying disease, which causes your white blood cells to increase rapidly.

Did you know that the count of your white blood cells can be affected by physical and emotional stress? Remember that it’s important to keep your overall health at its best as many complications can trigger disorders and the worst, your death.

5. Thrombocytopenia

This blood disorder is characterized by low platelet count. As platelets help stop bleeding, deficiency may cause too much internal or external bleeding which is dangerous to your health.

Some of its symptoms include excessive and/or prolonged bleeding and bruising, red or purple rashes-like spots in the skin, bleeding gums or nose, and blood from urine or stools. If you are experiencing these symptoms, immediately seek medical assistance as having this disorder can cause complications in your health, even bleeding in the brain which can be very fatal.

6. Thrombocythemia

This blood disorder is caused by an increased production of platelets.

Since platelets normally help stop the bleeding after an injury, an abnormal count of it causes your blood to clot unnecessarily which can be fatal. This is because abnormal blood clots may block the flow of blood to your brain, heart, and other vital organs.

Symptoms include dizziness, numbness, and severe headaches. People who have this disease are also most likely to have complications such as stroke and heart attack.