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Anemia isn't much...: ...Of an impediment to flying. If your anemia allows you to walk up a flight of stairs, you have enough reserve to manage an airplane flight. In fact, there are many destinations such as denver where the natural air pressure is lower than cabin pressure on commercial flights.
Rx Underlying Cause: Anemia is defined as an abnormally low red blood cell (rbc)count. This may be due to decreased production of rbcs by the bone marrow, or increased destruction or loss (ie bleeding). The precise cause can be narrowed down by a formal exam and simple blood tests, sometimes supplemented by x-ray or endoscopy. Once the cause is identified, the anemia may be treated.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: Teatment for anemia will depend on the cause of the anemia- whether it is caused by bleeding, red blood cell destruction due to toxin, drugs, enzyme deficiency, red blood cell membran problem, abnormal hemoglobin, deficiency in certain nutrients, insuficiency of bone marrow production/bone amrrow failure etc-. Thus, it is very important to know why before you can discuss about how to treat.
Depends: The cause is identified and treatment applied. For low iron, you will get supplements. For inherited defects you might need support and even a marrow transplant. For bleeding you might need proton pump inhibitors or an x-ray to determine the source of the bleed (even a colonoscopy). If induced by treatment you may need injection of red cell growth factors.See 1 more doctor answer
Beta thal major: An allogeneic bone marrow transplantation is the only thing that can cure cooley's anemia if possible to be done. Otherwise, the treatment mainly will be supportive care- i.e. Blood transfusion, iron chelating agent, folic acid, and other treatment to treat complications that commonly occur- such as heart problems, infection etc. Discuss further in detail with your hematologist.
Iron supplement: Hopefully your anemia is the most common one, low iron in which case iron supplements are cheap and over the counter. Most other causes require an evaluation with blood counts and sometimes x-ray studies and a few even a marrow biopsy. These are not so cheap but you will want your family doctor to find out the cause of your anemia and fix it for you.See 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It depends on the cause of the anemia. Vit b 12 will be needed if you have deficiency of vit b12. Iron replacement is the answer if you have iron deficiency. If you are anemic due to blood loss/bleeding- then the treatment is to stop the bleeding. So, see you doctor and try to find out the cause of the anemia.See 1 more doctor answer
Cooleys anemia is...: Aka beta thalassemia major. It stems from the inheritance in an offspring of two abnormal copies of the beta globin gene. Beta globins (2 of them) partner with two Alpha globins, each with a heme prup, to form hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying pigment protein in hemoglobin. If you are deficient in beta globin, you accumulate Alpha globin that can damage red cells. Pts need frequent transfusions.
Depends on the cause: The usual symptoms of anemia are fatigue, pale skin, dizziness with standing, shortness of breath with exertion or at rest. Chest pain can occur in people with heart disease. The treatment depends on the cause of the anemia. Anemia should be worked up by your physician or specialist to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan.
Anemia: Treatment of anemia has to be directed to the cause of anemia- eg- iron treatment for iron deficiency, vit B12 for B12 deficiency, stop the bleeding and give either iron or blood transfusion-if bleeding is the cause of anemia etc. Fatigue is the most common symptom- also tiredness/lack of energy, shorness or breath, cramping leg and craving something unusualy are related to iron deficiency. See md.
Yes: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: What is the cause of the anemia? This is the most important thing to know. Once you know why you are anemic, the treatment would be directed to the cause. Iron deficiency is not the only thing that causes anemia. Other causes include- deficiency of other vitamins- vit b12, folate; destruction of RBC (hemolysis), ineffective bone marrow, bleeding, etc. Discuss further with your md.See 1 more doctor answer
Must treat the cause: There are several causes of anemia: iron deficiency, b12/folate deficiency, chronic kidney disease, chronic diseases such as rheumatoid/lupus, bone marrow disease/cancers, or due to acute blood loss (if severe, need transfusion)--thus need to treat the specific cause of anemia. At times, anemia is not treatable and needs periodic transfusion. Consult doc. Good luck.
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