A blood count test provides a variety of details about your health and wellbeing. For instance, a low red blood cell count shows that you have anaemia, while a low white blood cell count could mean you have neutropenia—a condition that puts you at higher risk for infection. Low platelet count tells you that there is increased risk of bleeding.
The Importance of having a healthy blood count
Our blood is made of plasma, platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells.
It is important that each of these components are in a healthy proportion.
White blood cells play an important role in the body’s immune response by identifying and targeting pathogens. Examples of WBCs are granulocytes, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils.
Red blood cells, or RBCs, help in delivering oxygen to the body tissues. Its normal range in the blood may vary from 4.2 to 5.9 million cells/cmm. Haemoglobin is also an important component of RBC. Its normal value is 12gms to 16gms.
Platelets plug damaged blood vessel walls and limit the loss of blood. It ranges from 150,000 to 400,000 per cmm.
What happens when our blood count is not balanced?
Any changes in the white blood cell count increase the risk of infection.
An unusual platelet count is indicative of a blood clotting disorder, like thrombocytopenia. Blood cancer can cause a fall in the count of white blood cells, platelets and haemoglobin.
Having a low number of neutrophils can increase your probability of getting infections. Cancers that affect the blood and bone marrow can also lower the count—leukaemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma are common.
Reduction in the count of red blood cells causes anaemia—and blood loss from menses, piles and surgery can worsen the condition. People whose red blood cell count falls too low may need medication or blood transfusion to help bring it up.
However, certain treatments—like chemotherapy—can drop your white blood cell count. Platelet counts may be reduced as a result of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. When the amount of platelets in the blood is abnormally low, a condition called Thrombocytopenia develops. People with low platelet counts are more likely to experience severe bleeding or bruises. So monitoring and treatment to improve count is also given with chemotherapy and treatment of cancer.
It is very important to keep track of your blood health. HOCC provides comprehensive treatment for patients with blood disorders and blood cancers. If you’re showing any symptoms, consult the team of experts at HOCC without any delay.
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