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Can smoking increase hemoglobin count?


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Published At February 22, 2024
Reviewed AtFebruary 29, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My hemoglobin count has been increasing for the past three years. I am a smoker and smoke 5 cigarettes a day.

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Ayesha Khanum


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High hemoglobin is caused by smoking. There is an association between smoking and erythrocytosis that is reactive. You do not have to get mutations. Psoriatic arthritis can cause high eosinophils. Rest is not significant. This is a false increase in red cells to cope with the low oxygen supply to the lungs because of smoking. You are very young now and to be safe in the future you should limit your cigarette use. As this is hazardous to your health.

I hope this helps you. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ayesha Khanum
Dr. Ayesha Khanum


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