Blood Diseases

Blood Diseases

There are many blood diseases, some more serious than others, and today I will be talking about a few of these.

One of the most serious diseases is anemia. This disease occurs when there's not enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the different parts of your body. Anemia can cause you to feel cold (or maybe that's just all the snow outside), tired, or weak. For more info on anemia, click on this magic link!

Another serious blood disease is hemophilia, an inherited bleeding disorder that stops blood clots from forming. This can happen externally or internally and is a very rare condition.

Leukocytosis happens when you have too many white blood cells in your body. This isn't bad, just a natural response of your body when you have an infection or something happens that the white blood cells have to deal with. However, if your infection goes away, and you still have leukocytosis, you might have a more serious disease that needs to be checked out, like leukemia.

Polycythemia Vera (or PV) is a condition in which your blood thickens because the body makes too many red blood cells. It is most commonly found in men over 60 years old and can be caused by one of two reasons. The most common reason is a genetic mutation that causes the disease. The second reason why you might have PV is if you had low oxygen in your blood for a long time.

Thalassemia is a blood disorder that affects the body's production of hemoglobin and red blood cells. Thalassemia is an inherited disorder that is passed down from parents to children.

Von Willebrand Disease is an inherited bleeding disorder. It is the most common bleeding disorder, impacting 1 out of 100 people. People with von Willebrand Disease bleed more than usual after a cut, surgery or any incident in which you bleed. This disease can lead to pain and anemia.