Blood disorders affect the primary blood components; white blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells. Certain blood disorders also impact plasma, the liquid part of blood.
The Four Most Common Blood Disorders
The most common blood disorders include anemia, leukemia, hemophilia, and thrombocytopenia. Let’s look at these disorders in-depth to understand why they occur and how to treat them.
Anemia occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells or hemoglobin to carry oxygen to tissues. Reduced red blood cells can cause symptoms like fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
Anemia usually occurs from the following:
- Iron deficiency
- Vitamin deficiency
- Chronic diseases
- Genetic conditions
Iron supplements or an iron-rich diet may help with iron-deficiency anemia. On the other hand, Health professionals may use vitamin supplements or dietary changes to treat anemia caused by vitamin deficiency. Treatment for anemia related to chronic diseases or genetic conditions may involve managing the underlying condition. Intravenous iron is also available for quicker results for iron deficient anemia.
It’s important to see a healthcare provider if you suspect you have anemia or are experiencing symptoms of anemia.
Hemophilia is a rare hereditary condition that affects the capacity of the body to clot blood. It is usually inherited and can lead to prolonged bleeding after injury or surgery. Symptoms include easy bruising, joint pain and swelling, and prolonged bleeding. Doctors can treat hemophilia by replacing the lacking coagulation factor with intravenous injections. Early diagnosis and proper management are essential for a healthy life. Work with a healthcare provider who specializes in bleeding disorders.
Leukemia is a blood cancer that affects the bone marrow. It happens when damaged cells reproduce uncontrollably, resulting in abnormal white blood cells that don’t work correctly. These irregular cells cannot combat infections as effectively as healthy white blood cells and interfere with the synthesis of other blood cells. Fatigue, weakness, weight loss, fever, and easy bruising or bleeding are all common symptoms of leukemia.
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and bone marrow transplantation are standard treatment options for leukemia.
Thrombocytopenia is a medical disorder that causes decreased platelet numbers in the blood. Symptoms of thrombocytopenia may include easy bruising, bleeding gums, and prolonged bleeding from cuts or injuries. Treatment options depend on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. In mild cases, no treatment may be necessary, but patients may need to avoid certain medications or activities. More severe cases may require medications or blood transfusions to increase platelet levels. Surgery or other medical procedures are sometimes necessary to control bleeding. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider if you suspect you have thrombocytopenia or are experiencing symptoms.
Learn More About Common Blood Disorders
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of a blood disorder, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately.
The Cancer and Blood Disorders Center provides comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and management of common blood disorders. Our team of experienced healthcare providers is dedicated to providing compassionate care and support to patients and their families. Contact us today via our website or call us directly at 301-638-1007 to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward getting your needed care.