What Causes High RBC?

What does high blood count mean?

By Mayo Clinic Staff.

A high white blood cell count usually indicates: An increased production of white blood cells to fight an infection.

A reaction to a drug that increases white blood cell production.

A disease of bone marrow, causing abnormally high production of white blood cells..

Is high red blood count bad?

Because it usually means that there is a shortage of oxygen in the system and the body is creating more red blood cells to carry more oxygen to make up for the shortage. An elevated hematocrit is a risk marker for some very serious illnesses: heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

How can I lower my RBC count?

High RBC Count TreatmentExercise to improve heart and lung function.Eat less red meat and iron-rich foods.Avoid iron supplements.Keep yourself well hydrated.Avoid diuretics, including coffee and caffeinated drinks.Stop smoking, especially if you have COPD or pulmonary fibrosis.More items…

How high is too high RBC?

A high red blood cell count is generally considered to be anything above 6.1 million red blood cells for men, 5.4 million for women, and 5.5 for children.

What is normal RBC count?

A normal RBC count would be: men – 4.7 to 6.1 million cells per microlitre (cells/mcL) women – 4.2 to 5.4 million cells/mcL.

Why is my red blood cell count high?

High red blood cell count may be caused by low oxygen levels, kidney disease or other problems.

How do you treat high red blood cell count?

How is a high red blood cell count treated? If a medical condition is causing a high red blood cell count, your doctor may recommend a procedure or medication to lower it. In a procedure called a phlebotomy, a health professional inserts a needle into your vein and drains blood through a tube into a bag or container.

What happen when RBC is high?

A high RBC count may be a result of sleep apnea, pulmonary fibrosis, and other conditions that cause low oxygen levels in the blood. Performance-enhancing drugs like protein injections and anabolic steroids can also increase RBCs. Kidney disease and kidney cancers can lead to high RBC counts as well.

What causes high RBC and hemoglobin?

Medical conditions that can cause high hemoglobin levels include: Polycythemia vera (the bone marrow produces too many red blood cells) Lung diseases such as COPD, emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis (lung tissue becomes scarred) Heart disease, especially congenital heart disease (the baby is born with it)