Top
30
Doctor insights on: Blood Cells

Share
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.


2

2
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

3

3
Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
Once
Go to lab appointments as necessary
Once
Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
Once
4

4
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

5

5
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

6

6
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
Once
7

7
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

8

8
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

9

9
Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor your blood pressure at home
Daily
See your doctor regularly and work with him/her to control your blood pressure
Once
Take your medication as instructed without fail
Once
10

10
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

11

11
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

12

12
Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
Once
Follow up with your treating physician
Once
13

13
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

14

14
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

15

15
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
once
16

16
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

17

17
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

18

18
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
once
19

19
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

20

20
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

21

21
Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
once
Have your medications adjusted if needed
Once
Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
Once
22

22
Got a blood test a while back. She said I'm not producing enough blood cells. How do I fix that?

Got a blood test a while back. She said I'm not producing enough blood cells. How do I fix that?

Anemia: Anemia is a condition where you do not have enough red blood cells. I am assuming your doctor did some tests to figure out why you are not producing these cells? If you have some form of bleeding (menstrual or otherwise) you may be losing them. If not, it is probably due to poor diet, low intake of iron rich foods such as meats, spinach, beans, etc. Follow closely with your doctor. ...Read more

23

23
What rebuilds red blood cells?

Erythropoietin: Erythropoietin stimulates the production of red blood cells. There are many conditions that can cause erythropoietin levels to increase or it may be given as a medicine. ...Read more

24

24
What are the indications of high red blood cells?

Let me help: Anabolic steroids, which stimulate red blood cell production
carbon monoxide poisoning, congenital heart disease in adults, copd, dehydration, EPO doping (injections of erythropoietin (epo) to enhance athletic performance), heart failure, hemoglobinopathies (conditions present at birth that impair the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells) and others.
Please read below link. ...Read more

25

25
Where are red blood cells produced?

Where are red blood cells produced?

Bone Marrow: In adults, all of the blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, including red blood cells. Under some abnormal conditions, blood cells may be produced in other organs such as the liver, spleen or lymph nodes. ...Read more

26

26
What does high red blood cells mean?

What does high red blood cells mean?

A lot: Could mean dehydration, sometimes can signify a myeloproliferative disorder. Also if the hemoglobin is low and the rbcs are high, could mean there is a blood disorder called thalassemia. Either way, it should be evaluated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

27

27
What do broken red blood cells mean?

Brken RBC- Hemolysis: Hemolysis is a breakdown of red blood cells early than normal (usually happens to all red cells after 100 days). Causes can be from immune system, mechanical (i.e. Mechanical heart valve), or certain infections. Treatment is both replaceing key nutreints needed for red cells (i.e. Folic acid) and treating the underlying cause of red cell destruction. ...Read more

28

28
What do low red blood cells signify?

Anemia: Low red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (Hgb), and hematocrit (Hct) all measure the amount of RBCs in your blood. Low numbers mean there are too few. This can cause fatigue or weakness depending on the level. Go over your lab tests with your doctor. ...Read more

29

29
What can cause red blood cells to die?

What can cause red blood cells to die?

Old age: Red cells have a limited life span of only about 120 days. Some disorders shorten the life span of red cells, e.g., auto-immune hemolytic anemia, hemoglobin disorders like sickle cell disease, malaria, artificial valves, severe exercise etc.
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

30

30
What causes enlarge red blood cells?

What causes enlarge red blood cells?

Several: There are multiple causes of enlarged red blood cells, which is termed macrocytosis, and most of them are easily corrected. Two of the most common causes are deficiencies in vitamin B12 and folic acid, which are frequently associated with anemia, as well. However, there are also other important causes such as hypothyroidism, disorders of the bone marrow itself and some medications. ...Read more