Polycythemia (High Red Blood Cell Count) (cont.)
Self-Care at Home
In individuals with primary polycythemia, some simple measures can be taken
at home to control potential symptoms and avoid possible complications.
- It is
important to stay well hydrated in order to avoid concentrating the blood even
further by dehydration. In general, there are no restrictions in physical
- If a person has an enlarged spleen, contact sports may be avoided to
prevent splenic injury and rupture.
- It is best to avoid iron supplementation as
this can promote more red blood cell production.
Must Read Articles Related to Polycythemia (High Red Blood Cell Count)
Blood Clot in the Legs
Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg, DVT) is a blood clot imbedded in one of the major veins of the lower body, including the legs, thighs, or pelvis. C...learn more >>
Blood is supposed to clot to help repair a blood vessel that is injured. Clots or thrombi become a problem when they form inappropriately. There are a variety o...learn more >>
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning material containing carbon. Carbon monoxide kills nearly 400 people each year in the U.S. ...learn more >>