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Can Laxative Abuse Cause An Iron Deficiency
Laxatives come in various types. Stimulant laxatives are potentially the most "dangerous" in that there is the potential to cause a weak or "cathartic" colon. In this condition, the colon becomes sluggish and ultimately unresponsive to laxatives. Laxative abuse is most common in young women trying to ...Read more
Chronic diseases: Such as sickle cell, thalassemia,, GI bleed, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, renal disease can also cause anemia. Prenicious anemia (due to autoimmune destruction of special stomach cells), folate (folic acid) and B12 deficiencies are other causes. Talk with your docotr if special testing is required to determine etiology of anemia and if colonoscopy is required. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indirectly...: If the iron deficiency is severe enough, iron deficiency anemia will result. With this anemia, there is less hemoglobin to carry the oxygen molecules to the tissues and this will cause shortness of breath. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely cause: Iron deficiency can cause anemia and drowsiness. There may be the appearance of dark circles if fluid accumulates around the eyelids. Treating the deficiency may not improve the circles, however. And circles around the eyes are not an indicator of whether someone has anemia. ...Read more
Yes it can: Having a virus can suppress the bone marrow, making an anemia worse, no matter what the cause. The virus basically interferes with the body's ability to produce new red blood cells. It will not make the iron deficiency worse, but it will make the anemia worse (and the symptoms from being anemic). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not commonly: I cannot think of a direct association here. ...Read more
Iron deficiency- hb 12.1, high rbc, very low mcv. Ferritin 5. What would cause the RBC to be high?
This could be: Related to thallassemia trait.Get a more detailed answer ›
What are the symptoms of a small Gus bleed that is not big enough to be seen(occult)? Also, is an occult bleed enough to cause iron deficiency anaemia?
Darkness & Bleeding: Avoiding sunlight causes vitamin d deficiency--rickets tends to occur in northern climes in the winter. The main non-nutritional cause of iron deficiency is bleeding, including menstrual blood loss, which is why women are at greater risk for this than men. Men can become iron deficient due to unseen blood loss from stomach ulcers or intestinal cancers. ...Read more
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