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Dr. Angelica Balingit
349 doctors shared insights

Blood Cells (Overview)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red blood cells carry oxygen.


Dr. Angelica Balingit
349 doctors shared insights

Blood Cells (Overview)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red blood cells carry oxygen.


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What do these blood cells do?

What do these blood cells do?

Fight infection: They do many things. The granulocytes are the first line of defense and fight infection. The red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the entire body and the platelets help blood clot and repair leaks that often occur in blood vessels. All 3 cell lines originate in the bone marrow and enter the blood stream when they are mature. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Keep doctor's appointments
Once
Go to lab appointments
Once
Keep oxygen up by maintaining low weight, no smoking
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What can cause abnormal blood cells?

What can cause abnormal blood cells?

Which ones?: Are you referring to white cells, any certain subsets, red cells or all of the above? ...Read more

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What can cause the blood cells to disintegrate?

What can cause the blood cells to disintegrate?

See below: Two of the commoner causes for shortened red cell life span are auto-immune hemolytic anemias and hemoglobin disorders like sickle cell disease. Malarial parasites also destroy red cells. Deficiency of G6PD can cause red cell destruction in combination with oxidants. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk prodFor good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
Once
Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Can you tell me how blood cells differ from each other?

Can you tell me how blood cells differ from each other?

Try wikipedia: Red blood cells carry oxygen. White cells fight infection. Some white cells have memories so you don't keep getting measles for instance. Some white cells make pus to fight acute infection. There are also tiny things called platelets that clot the blood to stop bleeding. ...Read more

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Could you please describe the functions of blood cells?

Could you please describe the functions of blood cells?

Easy start: Red cells carry oxygen and carbon dioxide for you, white cells fight infection, platelets are fragments that help patch injuries to the vessels. You can find more as you continue learning. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
Daily
Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
Once
Take your meds as instructed without fail
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What exactly does it mean if your blood cells are too high?

What exactly does it mean if your blood cells are too high?

Find out actual numb: We/ you need to know the exact numbers before we can guide you. Your doctor can help explain what it all means. So ask him/her. ...Read more

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If your spouse have been diagnosed is it catchable. Will it interfere with your blood cells?

If your spouse have been diagnosed is it catchable. Will it interfere with your blood cells?

Depends: Would depend on what your spouse has been diagnosed with and whether it is transmissable to you either sexually or otherwise. Are you able to rephrase the question with more information about what your spouse has been diagnosed with please? ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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What part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

What part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

CNs and GI systems: Excessive red cells in newborns can cause increase chance for sluggish circulation, blood clots in internal organs including brain intestines etc. Usually it is because of increased thickness of blood (viscosity). ...Read more

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How do blood cells receive oxygen?

How do blood cells receive oxygen?

See below: The air we breathe in has about 21% oxygen. It reaches deep in the lung and permeates the lining of the lung and blood vessels and dissolves in the liquid part of blood. From the liquid part of blood, it binds hemoglobin in the red cells. The red cells carry the oxygen for use by all organs in the body. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk prodFor good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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How does oxygen get from our blood cells to our other cells?

How does oxygen get from our blood cells to our other cells?

Via Plasma: Oxygen does dissolve in the liquid part of blood, plasma, and that is the medium for transfer of oxygen from red cells to other cells in the body. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What can cause your blood cells to drop from 214 to 145 where you pregant?

What can cause your blood cells to drop from 214 to 145 where you pregant?

Pregnancy and CBC: It is common for blood counts to drop during the later phases of pregnancy. As the pregnant woman retains more fluid, the blood cells get diluted to varying extents. It the counts are lower than the OB likes, they will often refer the patient to a hematologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
once
Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
once
Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
once
If male, schedule a prostate exam
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How long does it take to remake blood cells after an episode of blood loss?

120 days: Life span of the average red blood cell is 120 days or three months. So it takes this amount of time to regenerate or replace blood that has been lost as a result of trauma, surgery, and or donation. ...Read more

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With sphere shaped blood cells, is there a surgery or procedure to correct it?

No: Spherocytosis is a condition characterized by rigidity of the red blood cells that are destroyed faster than in normal individuals. It may be acquired or hereditary, but the treatment is mostly supportive. In advanced cases the spleen may be removed or the gallbladder for symptomatic gallstones. ...Read more