Re: Red blood cell count
The anemia would indicate something chronic, as well as the itching and hives for a year or more. Some things that come to mind are to try to find out what kind of anemia it is, which can be hinted at by the size of the red cells. MCV on your lab reports. If small, it is usually iron deficiency, if large, it would be Vit B12 or folic acid deficiency, and if normal, just related to a chronic condition. I would look for that result, and would want to rule out a yeast (candida) infection in the mouth, which can be done by a smear or culture for yeast. Several autoimmune disorders, like lupus, can cause mouth and tongue abnormalities, as well as chronic hives and anemia. I would ask your Dr to check an ANA for lupus and antithyroid antibodies for autoimmune thyroiditis. You can have antibodies with normal thyroid function, and this is related to chronic hives /itching. It is a different test than what is done to check thyroid hormone levels. One other consideration is whether this could indicate a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, which can cause anemia, mouth problems and rashes. If your yeast culture is positive, the reason you have that must be explored thoroughly. I know that is a long list, but all those things are possibilities. Any new meds started about a year ago? Could even be a side effect, allergic in nature, to a drug.