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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 more
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 more
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 more
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?
Vitamin d is can be produced in your body by exposure to sunlight. If you avoid the sun, you will be deficient.
Iron deficiency is mostly through excessive bleed (heavy periods). ...Read more
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
Probably not: Postural tachycardia syndrome is complex overlapping syndrome of unknown causes. Cfs/fm are a part of this array. You and your doc should be able to correct you iron levels, once stable if the pots goes away, that is a 1 to 1 relationship. If when the iron is correct and you still having pots, you need to balance yourself and get a 2nd opinion. Begin a self-care w a wellness program. See my page. ...Read more
Yes.: In toddlers, this is a common contributor of iron deficiency. In order to effectively correct the iron deficiency, it requires iron supplementation and a limiting of milk intake. Milk has a low iron content, can interfere with iron absorption, and can cause low levels of bleeding from the intestines. All of these can cause iron deficiency. ...Read more
Probably just you: Genetics; some guys can grow a great 'stache, others can't. The more chest hair & thicker beard, the sooner you'll probably go bald. You may also be iron deficient -- get the cause found and treated; hope you're not a non-supplementing vegetarian. Most guys get occasional inflamed follicles; if you have pityrospirum folliculitis, it's easy to treat. Many women prefer sparse facial hair in the us. ...Read more
Several: Although iron deficiency is the most common, there are several other causes. Chronic blood loss is one, lead poisoning another, conditions that impair red cell production (genetic or malignancy). Docs often just do a trial at adding iron to see if the kid responds before putting the kid trough extensive tests. ...Read more
As we depend on the iron in our diet to supply us with our needs, iron deficiency anemia will occur more quickly if a person's intake is poor for any reason or the quality of their diet is unsatisfactory.
This could happen when people with melanoma which spread to the whole body. ...Read more
Many: There are many causes for anemia (RBC), just list a few: 1) decreased production due to not enough nutrition, B12/folate/iron def, or bone marrow diseases or bone marrow suppression from drugs/radiations or due to chronic kidney disease (not enough epoietin); 2) increased destruction: intravascular or extravascular hemolysis; 3) blood loss or chronic disease/cancer or some congenital diseases. ...Read more
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