How does one prevent Polycythemia Vera?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 24, 2014

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  • Polycythemia vera affects the bone marrow.
  • Production of red blood cells increases.
  • Men are usually affected with the condition.
  • Avoid keeping your body oxygen deprived for long.

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.

Polycythemia Vera Prevention

What are the Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera?

The condition usually causes the following symptoms:

  • Problem with breathing while lying down
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive bleeding
  • A full feeling in the left upper abdomen
  • Headache
  • Itchiness, usually after a warm bath
  • Red skin coloring, especially of the face
  • Breathlessness
  • Symptoms of blood clots in veins near the skin surface

There are some other symptoms which may include:

  • Bluish skin colour
  • Fatigue
  • Red skin spots
  • Problems with vision

Polycythemia Vera Prevention


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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