To avoid polycythemia vera you must avoid doing things that can keep the body deprived from oxygen for longer durations. For example, avoid climbing mountains or living at places situated at higher altitudes.
Polycythemia vera is a condition that affects the bone marrow and leads to an abnormal increase in the number of blood cells. The condition mostly affects the red blood cells.
What are the Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera?
The condition usually causes the following symptoms:
- Problem with breathing while lying down
- Excessive bleeding
- A full feeling in the left upper abdomen
- Itchiness, usually after a warm bath
- Red skin coloring, especially of the face
- Symptoms of blood clots in veins near the skin surface
There are some other symptoms which may include:
- Bluish skin colour
- Red skin spots
- Problems with vision
How to Prevent Polycythemia Vera?
The primary polycythemia vera cannot be prevented. But proper treatment can prevent or delay symptoms and complications. At times you can prevent secondary polycythemia vera by avoiding things that can deprive the body from oxygen for long periods. Like avoid climbing to the mountains or living at places at high altitudes for long durations.
People who suffer serious heart or lung disease can develop secondary polycythemia vera. Having a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of heart and lung diseases and can also prevent secondary polycythemia vera.
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