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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?
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
See below: People who have severe iron deficiency would have experienced symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain from anemia. It can also cause hair loss. Because of this, people seek help and get diagnosed by doing a simple blood test and be treated for it, so it is hard to die from iron deficiency anemia unless a person ignores all these warning signals. ...Read more
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
Symptoms of anemia : Anemia is a common result and patients feel weak due to it. The confirmation requires blood tests to measure the hemoglobin and iron levels in order to check the iron stores in the body. There are well know tests to make a diagnosis of iron deficiency, which your doctor can run. ...Read more
Meats, Green Veggies: Iron rich foods include meats, poultry, fish, green vegetables, oatmeal, and beans. Vitamin c (found in citrus like oranges) increases iron absorption. There is a nice explanation of the two types of iron found in food and a list of iron rich foods at http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/iron-rich-foods. ...Read more
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