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will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Yes for some tests: Also it will depend on for what length of time and how much you are drinking. A blood alcohol level will show alcohol content of blood recently consumed. But a complete blood count will have indicators of changes in red blood cells as a result of chronic alcohol use. Chronic alcohol use: ggt, liver function tests, vitamin b12, folic acid, thiamine levels can be affected.

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Is it true that pregnant women are not allowed to be blood donors?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
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Yes: We do not consider it safe for a pregnant woman to donate blood. Blood volume increases dramatically over the course of pregnancy in order to support proper fetal circulation. The loss of blood from the system would likely be tolerated, but the system is not designed for that. Given the potential risks and the lack of anything to be gained, blood donation is not allowed during pregnancy.
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Is it safe to take medications containing alcohol while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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No: Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy whether it is an alcoholic beverage or an alcohol containing medication. There is not an established "safe" level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy, so the recommendation is to avoid it all together.
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Will our high blood pressure be passed down to the child?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
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Yes: A child can inherit the predisposition for high blood pressure, but the environment can help decrease the incidence of it showing up. Help your child to eat healthy to maintain normal weight and to decrease salt intake.
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Is it bad that during a nose bleed when I tilt my head back it feels like I am swallowing blood?

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No: It is not unusual to feel blood in the back of the throat during a nosebleed.
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A 83-year-old male asked:

Hemoglobin hematocrit and red blood cell low counts and glucose and nitrogen high what is cause

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Numbers are numbers: Lab results are numbers, and numbers are just numbers. They have little meaning without looking at the whole person. Low hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cell counts means blood cells are not being made fast enough, are being lost (through bleeding), are being broken up, or any combination of such problems. Glucose goes up from increased body stress, inadequate insulin, I.V. Glucose, etc....

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