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What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Iron deficiency anem: Anemia makes you tired and pale. Some get lightheaded, or have chest pain or shortness of breath. Iron deficiency can cause "pica" (craving something above and beyond needing it for food). The most common symptom is munching ice. Other people crave starch, chalk, dirt, or other unusual substances. It's important that iron-deficient people see an md so dangerous things like GI cancer are ruled out.
Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Fatigue: Fatigue and weakness, due to anemic (low hemoglobin).
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: Fatigue is a prominenet one. A reddish tongue and dome difficulty swallowwing may oalso be present. If the cause of the iron deficiencey is blood loss you may see black tarry stools and have signs of pain, bloating and gas.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Iron deficiency: Mild deficiency has no symptoms, but when iron levels become low enough to cause anemia, one develops a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath with exertion and fatigue. If this happens very slowly symptoms may not be noticeable until anemia is fairly severe.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Several: Fatigue. A common symptom is the craving of ice. This is called Pica. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, feeling cold, dizziness. Hope this helps.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency in teens?

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Weakness: decreased appetite, fatigue, difficulty learning, pale skin, tachycardia, dizziness.
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A 31-year-old female asked:

Is iron deficiency

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unclear question: Iron deficiency is common in women due to blood loss during menstruation. It would be appropriate for you to take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Take iron with meals and if constipation becomes an issue take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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