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A 18-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to cure anemia?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Depends: There are many different kinds of anemia, each of which have their own causes. You need to figure out what kind of anemia you have and what needs to be done to treat it. It could be that a simply nutritional supplement (iron, b12, thiamine) will be enough. It could be a more chronic problem that has no quick fix. If you're anemic for any reason, you need to see your doc right away.
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Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe commented
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
It is really not a good idea to assume it is iron deficiency unless you are a menstruating female with history of heavy bleeding... It's best to undergo evaluation.
Dec 23, 2011
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Agree it depends: There is anemia from blood loss (iron deficiency), poor nutrition, chronic illness, and then there are some genetic anemias like sickle cell or thalassemia where one will be anemic always...Mildly. It is helpful to see your doc and have the blood work and evaluation that determines what kind you have.Simple iron deficiency anemia usually takes 3-6 months to fully correct
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How long does it take for anemia to go away?

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Depends: On the type of anemia. Of it's from iron deficiency then if you take iron supplements it should start improving within a few weeks. There are other causes of anemia that don't improve right away, and need special treatment and sometimes need treatment of an underlying illness of there is one.
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What happens if you die from anemia how long would it take?

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Fast or slow: It all depends (as with everything!) Ultimately one would die from lack of oxygen transport to the tissues of the body. If this comes in the form of a heart attack, it could be fast with a relatively-high hemoglobin (perhaps even 8 if you had severe heart disease). On the other hand, if anemia declines slowly over long time in young person, I have seen Hb of 3.
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