How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr S.A.Alam Your Own Question

Dr  S.A.Alam
Dr S.A.Alam, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 3803
Experience:  MBBS/FCPS(R)/MRCP(R) U.K
16248889
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr S.A.Alam is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My blood test results show my hemoglobin and hematocrit are

Resolved Question:

My blood test results show my hemoglobin and hematocrit are high. What does that mean? What things could be causing this? What can I do lower them?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr S.A.Alam replied 2 years ago.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Hello, Welcome to JustAnswer and thank you for your question.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Q... Can you send me the values of hemoglobin ? and hematocrit ?

Customer:

Hemoglobin 15.6


Hematocrit 48.1

Dr S.A.Alam :

Well, these are on the higher side and you should be worked up by a hematologist as this can be polycythemia.

Customer:

What is polycythemia?

Dr S.A.Alam :

Polycythemia vera is a blood disorder in which your bone marrow makes too many red blood cells. Polycythemia vera also may result in production of too many of the other types of blood cells

Dr S.A.Alam :

this can prone a person to clots

Dr S.A.Alam :

in the body

Dr S.A.Alam :

skin problems

Dr S.A.Alam :

ulcers of the gut

Dr S.A.Alam :

It needs to be kept under check

Dr S.A.Alam :

you need to consult a hematologist for this

Dr S.A.Alam :

as he may ask you for a regular follow up to see if it is raising

Dr S.A.Alam :

or it needs treatment with

Dr S.A.Alam :

medicine to lower the counts.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Your questions ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

queries ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

here is a good link that can help to understand this problem

Dr S.A.Alam :

You have questions ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

Let me know...

Customer:

Is there anything I can do to help? For example with diet and foods I consume.

Dr S.A.Alam :

there are few

Dr S.A.Alam :

like exercise much to avoid clots

Dr S.A.Alam :

avoid tobacco

Dr S.A.Alam :

avoid sores on skin

Dr S.A.Alam :

avoid hot temperature

Dr S.A.Alam :

take less iron diets

Dr S.A.Alam :

and vitamin C

Dr S.A.Alam :

as they increase the red cell production.

Dr S.A.Alam :

You have questions ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

you have more questions that i can help with ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

Let me know...

Dr S.A.Alam :

I hope chat is helpful

Customer:

Could this lead to cancer if not taken care of?

Dr S.A.Alam :

well it can damage the bone marrow if not taken care of

Dr S.A.Alam :

and can cause clots

Dr S.A.Alam :

cancer is rare at these levels if kept under control.

Dr S.A.Alam :

Your questions ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

You have questions ?

Dr S.A.Alam :

Let me know...

Dr S.A.Alam :

Rate the answer as excellent if you have received your answer. Thank you

Dr S.A.Alam :

you are welcome to come back for more questions anytime

Customer:

I think that is it. I'll check out the website you recommended and see if I can get referred to a hematologist by my primary doctor. Thank you for your help.


 

Dr S.A.Alam, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 3803
Experience: MBBS/FCPS(R)/MRCP(R) U.K
Dr S.A.Alam and 2 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14679
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2562
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11961
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    10667
    Experienced Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions

Chat Now With A Doctor
Dr  S.A.Alam
Dr S.A.Alam
Doctor
3803 Satisfied Customers
MBBS/FCPS(R)/MRCP(R) U.K