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Bloody Noses And Iron Deficiency
I have never had nose bleeds but I had a sudden severe one and another just a minute ago. I was told I have an iron deficiency. also blood when I bm?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thanks for giving me: The opportunity to research this. "the who has estimated that iron deficiency causes the loss of 48, 225 disability-adjusted life-years (dalys) worldwide." per: iron deficiency: under-recognised cause of disability and death with a higher impact than lung cancer in the who global burden of disease. ...Read more
Bleeding/poor intake: The most common cause is bleeding, which could be "normal" like a woman with periods or abnormal bleeding as in the GI tract. That could be from gastritis, ulcers, abnormal blood vessels, diverticuli (small pockets in the intestines), or tumors (benign or malignant). Also very low iron in the diet (no red meat or green leafy vegetables) or failure to absorb iron from the GI tract can do it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various: Many things can cause iron deficiency & most fall into 2 main categories--blood loss & decreased iron intake. Ex's of the former include GI (intestine) bleeding & women's menstrual cycles (though many women are not iron deficient). Ex's of the latter include poor diet & impaired absorption. A healthy diet & limiting causes of GI bleeding (alcohol, nsaids like ibuprofen, naproxen) can help prevent. ...Read more
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