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Macrocytic anemia: Symptoms and treatment

Macrocytic anemia: Symptoms and treatment

Macrocytic anemia is a type of anemia that causes unusually large red blood cells. Like other types of anemia, macrocytic anemia means that the red blood cells also have low hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-containing protein that transports oxygen around the body. Deficiencies in vitamin B-12 or folate often cause macrocytic anemia, so it is […]

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What does it mean if your RDW is high?

What does it mean if your RDW is high?

A test to determine red cell distribution width shows variation in the size and volume of a person’s red blood cells. Results of the test, along with those of other blood tests, can help doctors to confirm the presence of anemia, a condition characterized by a lack of red blood cells. The red cell distribution […]

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What causes blood in sputum?

What causes blood in sputum?

Blood in the sputum or mucus when a person coughs or spits is called hemoptysis. Although the blood can be worrying, it is usually not a cause for concern, especially in young or otherwise healthy people. Blood in the sputum is a common event in many mild respiratory conditions, including upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, and […]

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How to increase hemoglobin: Home remedies

How to increase hemoglobin: Home remedies

Hemoglobin is a protein found in the red blood cells. These cells are responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. In addition to transporting oxygen, hemoglobin carries carbon dioxide out of the cells and into the lungs. Carbon dioxide is then released as a person exhales. Having low hemoglobin can make it difficult for the […]

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How can I stabilize my blood pressure?

How can I stabilize my blood pressure?

Blood pressure should be basically stable. If it regularly changes from very high to very low, a range of complications can result. It is normal for blood pressure to vary slightly throughout the day, but blood pressure that fluctuates from one extreme to the other should be monitored and managed. Home remedies, lifestyle changes, and […]

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Low anion gap: Causes, test, and treatment

Low anion gap: Causes, test, and treatment

An anion gap is calculated by using the results of an electrolyte blood test. This test can help determine what is causing a pH imbalance. For the body to function normally, it needs to maintain a normal pH balance, or balanced levels of acid and alkali or base in the blood. When these levels are […]

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Plasmapheresis: Side effects and how it works

Plasmapheresis: Side effects and how it works

Plasmapheresis is a medical procedure designed to remove some plasma from the blood. During a plasma exchange, unhealthy plasma is swapped for healthy plasma or a plasma substitute, before the blood is returned to the body. The blood vessels contain plasma. It is a fluid made up of blood cells, platelets, and essential nutrients. During […]

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Is blood actually blue?

Is blood actually blue?

A quick glance at the wrist and it’s easy to understand why people may think their blood is blue. After all, the veins look blue. But is blood blue? The answer is no. In this article, we look at a variety of facts about blood, including color, types, and donation. 1. What color is blood? […]

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What does a high MCHC mean?

What does a high MCHC mean?

MCHC is short for mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration. Simply put, this is the measurement of how much hemoglobin is inside one red blood cell. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that helps transport oxygen within the blood. MCHC refers to the average amount of hemoglobin inside a single red blood cell. A normal MCHC level for […]

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What is basophilia? Causes and symptoms

What is basophilia? Causes and symptoms

Basophilia refers to when there are too many basophils in a person’s blood. Basophils are a type of white blood cell. Basophilia is not a condition on its own but can be an important marker of other underlying medical problems. What is basophilia? Basophilia generally indicates the existence of another underlying medical condition. In healthy […]