How are abnormal red blood cell counts treated?
First, your doctor must determine the cause of your abnormal RBC count so that s/he can prescribe appropriate treatment. Treatment may include a or mineral supplement, a change in your nutrition, or replacement with red blood cells from a blood donor. Alternatively it may only require changing your current medication or prescribing a drug to stimulate red cell production in your , especially in patients who have received chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Can I test my RBCs at home?
No. This test is performed by trained laboratory personnel.
Do diet and nutrition help keep RBCs at healthy levels?
Yes, to the extent that if you eat a well-balanced diet, you can prevent anaemias
due to deficiencies of iron, vitamin B12 or folate intake. RBC problems that are caused by disease conditions are not likely to be corrected by diet.
Are there symptoms I should recognise if my RBCs are dangerously low or high?
Tiredness (fatigue) may indicate a low or high RBC count. Fainting, pallor (loss of normal skin colour), shortness of breath, dizziness, and/or altered mental state that may be the result of also can indicate low RBCs. Disturbed vision, headache and flushing may be present with increased numbers of RBCs.