How high is too high RBC?
A high red blood cell count is generally considered to be anything above 6.1 million red blood cells for men, 5.4 million for women, and 5.5 for children..
Is High red blood cells bad?
Because it usually means that there is a shortage of oxygen in the system and the body is creating more red blood cells to carry more oxygen to make up for the shortage. An elevated hematocrit is a risk marker for some very serious illnesses: heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
What are the symptoms of high red blood cell count?
If you have a high RBC count, you could experience symptoms such as:fatigue.shortness of breath.joint pain.tenderness in the palms of the hands or soles of the feet.itching skin, particularly after a shower or bath.sleep disturbance.
What causes slightly elevated red blood cells?
Medical conditions that can cause an increase in red blood cells include: Heart failure, causing low blood oxygen levels. Congenital heart disease (born with it) Polycythemia vera (a blood disorder in which the bone marrow produces too many red blood cells)
Can dehydration affect blood cell count?
On the other hand, dehydration can cause hemoconcentration, decreasing the plasma component of blood. This results in blood cell counts that are misleading because the numbers of formed elements in the blood is disproportionaly inflated.
How do you treat high red blood cell count?
How is a high red blood cell count treated? If a medical condition is causing a high red blood cell count, your doctor may recommend a procedure or medication to lower it. In a procedure called a phlebotomy, a health professional inserts a needle into your vein and drains blood through a tube into a bag or container.