Symptoms of polycythaemia

Mild cases of polycythaemia may not cause any problems, butsome people with polycythaemia can experience:

  • Headaches
  • blurred vision
  • red skin particularly in the face, hands and feet
  • tiredness
  • high blood pressure
  • dizziness
  • discomfort inthe tummy (abdomen)
  • periods of confusion
  • bleeding problems such as nosebleeds and bruising
  • gout which can cause joint pain, stiffness and swelling
  • itchy skin especially after a bath or shower; this is the result of white blood cells (levels of which can also be high) releasing the chemical histamine

You should make an appointment to see your GP if you have persistent symptoms of polycythaemia.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018