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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 activity.
  • 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2015

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