Red blood cells or erythrocytes have the most difficult task in the entire body. They carry oxygen from your lungs to the heart and the rest of the body. Bone marrow makes the red blood cells. Usually, there is an abundance of erythrocytes available. But there are cases when that is not the case. One of such conditions is Hemolytic anemia. It ensues when red blood cells are dying faster than they are made. This means that there is not enough oxygen for the entire body to function. Hemolytic anemia can be either extrinsic or intrinsic. The extrinsic type is more of an autoimmune one. When a person has it, the spleen traps healthy erythrocytes for no clear reason. It can also be a side-effect of a tumor, a lymphoma or another autoimmune disorder. The intrinsic type ensues when the bone marrow produces bad and defective cells. These cells are unable to operate. Unlike extrinsic hemolytic anemia, the intrinsic one is almost always hereditary.
When someone's skin is pale, it can either be a sign of a lack of iron or a lack of oxygen. A warmer skin color is usually a sign of good blood flow. This means that oxygen is getting transported faster. Also, there are enough red blood cells to go around. If you have hemolytic anemia, you may start seeing your skin grow paler and paler. This is because the number of your erythrocytes is gradually falling. This shows signs of discoloration. If you notice your skin getting paler for no clear reason, go and visit a doctor.
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