Blood Disease Symptoms
Blood disease symptoms will depend on the type of condition and its particular effect on the blood. Some blood diseases are characterized by higher or lower counts of healthy red or white blood cells, whereas others can cause decreases in clotting factors or platelets. Fluctuations in any of these components can cause specific symptoms that can range from relatively harmless inconveniences to medical emergencies. Here are a few more common blood diseases and some of the symptoms that they can produce:
- Iron-deficiency anemia – The lack of sufficient healthy red blood cells can prevent the tissues of the body from receiving enough oxygen, leading to shortness of breath, persistent fatigue, cold hands and feet, weakness, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and pica (desire to eat non-nutritive substances like ice or clay).
- Von Willebrand disease – A lower-than-average amount of a clotting protein can result in heavy bleeding experienced during dental procedures, surgery, childbirth, or menstruation, as well as frequent or difficult-to-stop nosebleeds and other symptoms.
- Hemophilia – Reduced amounts of blood-clotting factors can lead to unexplained bleeding (may include blood in the stool or urine), easy bruising, nosebleeds, and pain or swelling of the joints.
It should be noted that not everyone who experiences these symptoms necessarily has a blood disease, nor does everyone who has such a condition show all of the aforementioned symptoms. Diagnosis by a medical professional is always necessary if any unusual health changes occur. At Tampa General Hospital, we offer diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment for people who are experiencing all types of diseases affecting the blood and blood-forming organs, whether they are cancerous or non-cancerous in nature.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a blood disease and would like to make an appointment at TGH’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic, please call (813) 844-7585. We schedule appointments from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from Monday through Friday.