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Could iron deficiency cause shortness of breath?

Could iron deficiency cause shortness of breath?

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

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Is is possible for an iron deficiency to cause shortness of breath?

Is is possible for an iron deficiency to cause shortness of breath?

Yes: Iron deficincy means low hemoglobin level which menifests as weakness and shortness of breath on mild exertion becaause you can not have enough oxygen in the body withour normal hemoglobion level. ...Read more

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Can non anaemic iron deficiency cause fatigue and breathlessness iron level is 25 normal is more than 65?

No!: Fatigue can be caused by many reasons, most common one being Anemia. If your Hemoglobin (Hb) level is above 10 Grams, you do not have anemia as the cause. Hb higher than this level is asymptomatic regardless of your iron level, which can also be altered by many other medical conditions besides Iron deficiency. You need to see an internist to investigate the cause of your symptoms and low iron level ...Read more

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Can b12 deficiency cause shortness of breath even at rest and at time of bathing?

Can b12 deficiency cause shortness of breath even at rest and at time of bathing?

Not usually.: You could have shortness of breath with vitamin B12 deficiency but only if you are severely anemic as a consequence of the deficiency. The term pernicious refers to the fact that symptoms are usually minimal until very advanced deficiency is present. B12 deficiency is not specifically linked to breathing issues. ...Read more

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Can vitamin d deficiency cause shortness of breath /upper chest and shoulder tense /pressure?

Can vitamin d deficiency cause shortness of breath /upper chest and shoulder tense /pressure?

Doubtful: Vitamin d is important for many things, but deficiency doesn't usually cause sudden/severe symptoms. There are usually other issue going on as well. ...Read more

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Can vitamin d deficiency (10) cause shortness of breath and lightheaded/vertigo?

Can vitamin d deficiency (10) cause shortness of breath and lightheaded/vertigo?

Not likely: Vitamin d deficiency causes lots of problems, but those are generally not among them. People who are vitamin d deficient, are more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than others, according to one study, but in medical science one study isn't enough to prove a link. ...Read more

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As a general rule, is 99mg of Potassium once daily enough to correct a deficiency level of 3.2? And can this level cause shortness of breath?

As a general rule, is 99mg of Potassium once daily enough to correct a deficiency level of 3.2? And can this level cause shortness of breath?

More potassium: I recommend that individuals with a low potassium take supplements and eat potassium-rich foods several times per day. Take the supplements with your meals which helps with the absorption. Also increase foods with higher potassium in your diet such as bananas, orange juice, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and cashews. The low potassium itself does not cause shortness of breath but weakness. ...Read more

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Can low ferritin cause shortness of breath, hair shedding, and fatigue? My level was 8. And my cbc showed slightly low for whatever shows iron.

YES: I would also suggest a full metabolic profile to rule out iron deficiency, folic acid deficiency, and thyroid function, just for starters. Stress, tension, anxiety, mood disorders are other possibilities. ...Read more

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I have cough, chills, itchy ears and minor shortness of breath. What over-the-counter mess can I take begin G6PD. Deficiency?

I have cough, chills, itchy ears and minor shortness of breath. What over-the-counter mess can I take begin G6PD. Deficiency?

See MD: The shortness of breath concerns me and as a result, I recommend that you see a physician to confirm your diagnosis and then select appropriate medications for your G6PD issue.

In the meantime, saline (salt water) nose spray and extra fluids will be helpful.

Feel better. ...Read more

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Age 21 has vitamin d deficiency mild headache for 5 days pressure on eyes I feel like world is fake shortness of breath bloatedtummy....brain tumor???

Age 21 has vitamin d deficiency mild headache for 5 days pressure on eyes I feel like world is fake shortness of breath bloatedtummy....brain tumor???

Likely NOT: You've not presented any typical features of what a brain tumor would tend to do to a person's functionality therefore, without any other information my vote is TUMOR NOT LIKELY. If you'd like a private consultation to go over things I'd be happy to discuss the case with you. Write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make an appointment in my virtual calendar. Cheers! ...Read more

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Hi, I'm anemic and I'm taking iron for 2 weeks now, and the last 3 days I've noticed that I get shortness of breath when I drink water, is it normal?

Hi, I'm anemic and I'm taking iron for 2 weeks now, and the last 3 days I've noticed that I get shortness of breath when I drink water, is it normal?

Unusual: If you're not experiencing shortness of breath with exercise or other exertion, your symptom doesn't suggest a heart or lung cause or even a relationship to anemia. If drinking water distends your stomach it could make you feel like you can't take a deep breath for a short time. If the water goes down the wrong way, coughing would also occur. How much water intake makes you feel short of breath? ...Read more

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Could an iron deficiency be the cause for no periods?

Could an iron deficiency be the cause for no periods?

Anemia: Possible. Wondering if correcting your anemia would help regulate your periods. Very possible if that is the cause. ...Read more

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Is 11.2 hgb in a four year old something to worry about? Could there be any other underlying cause other than iron deficiency?

By itself, no: Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is so common in growing kids that it is the default diagnosis in most cases. There are other factors on the blood count that could point to other issues, and these are reviewed by the doc. With IDA they also have smaller red cells and fewer of them. Other expensive lab tests can be ordered but for most, a month or so on iron will bring the level up. If not, test more ...Read more

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What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

What may cause iron deficiency in the body?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency can be caused by loss of blood or decreased iron intake. In women it is often related to menstrual bleeding. It requires a workup to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Does tea cause iron deficiency?

Does tea cause iron deficiency?

No: Tea or toast does not cause iron deficiency at all. But if you live off pretty much just things like tea, toast, alcohol, etc., then you will become iron deficient from lack of nutrients, including iron. ...Read more

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Can extreme iron deficiency cause pots?

Can extreme iron deficiency cause pots?

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

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What can cause anaemia/iron deficiency?

Lack of iron: Iron loss through bleeding, or iron deficiency through poor nutrition or poor absorption may lead to iron deficiency anemia. The diagnosis is relatively simple to make and the treatment is inexpensive and effective. In spite of this, it is the most common form of qnemia in the us. See your doctor if you suspect you have anemia. ...Read more

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Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

Is milk a common cause of iron deficiency?

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

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Which causes iron deficiency anaemia to be different to other types of anaemia?

Types of anemia: There are many causes of anemia. Anemia means a low blood count which can be caused by inadequate production of red blood cells in the bone marrow or excessive loss of blood from different sites in the body. Two of the most common are the uterus and the bowel. Anemia is a sign of a problem which requires diagnosing the cause. Iron deficiency is one such cause. ...Read more

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What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

What causes anemia besides iron deficiency?

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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What may cause iron deficiency?!

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 more

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How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

Does not cause: It is stated that people who are iron deficient tend to chew on ice. Chewing on ice does not cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

Anemia: Iron is critical to making hemoglobin. Iron deficiency cause anemia. If it is low, it can be due to several causes and should be investigated carefully. See your doc right away if you think you are low in iron and/or anemic. ...Read more

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Does iron deficiency cause bloating?

Does iron deficiency cause bloating?

Not usually: But certain conditions like celiac disease (gluten allergy) can cause both iron deficiency and bloating. Best to have your parent discuss this with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What's more likely to cause a patchy mustache, folliculitis or iron deficiency?

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

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What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

What are the causes for a child to have low HGB besides iron deficiency? Thanks!

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

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Iron deficiency can cause dizziness and feeling weird? When will the dizziness go away? I already took 3 pills of iron (3 days)

Possibly: If the iron deficiency is associate anemia it certainly can. Taking iron supplements slowly increases your blood count, depending on how low it was and if you have ongoing blood loss it may take up to a month or more to get your blood count back to near normal....Don't expect an effect in only 3 days. Ps I'm assuming your iron deficiency is due to menstrual blood loss or pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can melanoma cause iron deficiency?

Yes possible: 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

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Could having a cold cause anemia / iron deficiency to get worse?

Could having a cold cause anemia / iron deficiency to get worse?

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

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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

Directly no...but: Weigh gain shouldn't be a direct result of low iron.
But if you are iron deficient, you may be more fatigued and not exercise leading to weight gain. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause weight gain?

No.: Fe deficiency does not cause wt gain. In a young menstruating female iron deficiency is caused by monthly loss of blood. ...Read more

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