A 23-year-old female asked:

Hi..i have thallesemia minor.i just want to ask is there any remedy to treat anemia..?my hb is 10 nd am so pale..

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Thalassemia minor: You will have some degree of anemia that is related to the thalassemia minor. You should discuss this with your doctor so your doctor can do some blood work to check your iron and vitamin levels. Some breaking down of red blood cells happen in thalassemia- and your body would need to keep your iron and vit b12, folate (folic acid) in good level so that your body can keep up with the hemolysis.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
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which type of thalassemia is this? alpha or beta? that would be different.likely your anemia is related to your thalassemia. your hb would likely be around 10 to 11 with thalassemia, due to defective globin genes- there would be abnormality on the red cell membranes that makes them more fragile than normal cells -so that -it makes them easier to be broken down. yes, the hemolysis is very significant in major thalassemia. it can happen in minor thalassemia although usually not significant. just because you have thal-does not mean you can't have other problem- so check your iron ( you are young, with menstruation you are at risk to have iron deficiency) , and also check your vit b12, folate and other blood work accordingly.
Apr 24, 2013
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 36 years experience
Not likely: Hemoglobin values of 9.5 to 11 are considered normal for a patient with beta thalassemia trait (minor). There is no good way to increase that value, just as there is no way to make me taller. It is very important that you not use iron in an attempt to make your hemoglobin higher, unless you are found to be iron deficient by a doctor.
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