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what is the cause of having low hemoglobin and what is the treatment?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Treatments dpend upo: Low blood can be due to either a leak in your body or a decrease in production activity. Think of the blood as the amount of water in a bath tub. The level of blood will decrease as you open the drain and while the faucet is shut down. For iron, low iron from frequent heavy cramps. Low B12 & folate (folic acid) due to poor nutrition. Go see your family doc regarding your concerns.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Anemia: Low hemoglobin means anemia. The cause of anemia must be determined before treatment recommendations can be made.

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What are symptoms of very low hemoglobin level?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Fatigue breathing: When your hemoglobin level falls, you get tiired - the lower it gets, the more fatigued. When it gets really low, you may experience shortness of breath. As it gets even lower, it can cause heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and even clotting off of arteries to the gut, fingers, etc.
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What does a low hemoglobin mean?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Anemia: Low hemoglobin means anemia, which can have many possible causes. Your doctor can help diagnose the problem with a history, physical exam, and some blood work.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the causes and effects of too low hemoglobin?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Low hemoglobin: Anemia may be caused by blood loss perhaps through GI bleeding or decreased blood production in bone marrow. Fatigue and shortness of breath are most common dymptoms.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I have low hemoglobin?

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Dr. Guy DaSilva
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Low Hgb: Hemglobin is a molecule found in red blood cells to carry oxygen. It is composed of 2 globulin proteins and iron. So to raise it, you need to know if it is the iron that is missing from your body ( most common) or an underproduction of globulin. Get a serum iron level and if low, replace iron to normal levels. Also check for sources of bleeding such as from the gut. Stop iron once corrected.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How low can your hemoglobin drop to before it's considered really bad?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Below 10 is cause : For concern. It depends on how fast it drops and what the cause may be. Hb below 10 is generally considered anemia and should be invesigated for cause and treated accordingly. If the drop in hb occurs over months a person may be asymptomatic with hb as low as 5.

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