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How Can You Rid The Body Of Excess Iron
Phlebotomy: For hemochromatosis (an inherited iron overload condition), treatment includes phlebotomy (removing blood in the same way as donating blood). This, of course, must be done under medical supervision. An option for those with iron overload due to multiple blood transfusions is the medication deferasirox, a chelating agent. ...Read more
Yes: The most common reason for iron overload is due to chronic transfusion. If the underlying condition improves, iron can be removed by bleeding the patient (phlebotomy). There are also oral medications that chelate (bind and lead to excretion of) iron. Prevention will be dependent on the underlying cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does the body get rid of excess iron? I'm pregnant and prenatal vitamin has 150% iron per pill. Seems like too much?
Pregnancy & menses: One way the body gets rid of excess iron is to use it for your baby so pregnant women need extra iron for their baby's health. Once you give birth and resume menstruation you'll lose iron with every menstrual period. 150% iron is not too much; our bodies don't absorb iron all that well so not all of it is getting into your body. I recommend this for all expecting moms: http://tinyurl.com/jjpyrg8 ...Read more
Not Likely: Unless you are sucking on a sugar based source of iron, iron supplements are generally swallowed and not a source of increased decay. If you have dry mouth associated with the reason for your iron deficiency, then the dry mouth condition can increase decay. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Smoking for decades, dr showed me photo of autopsy, is the black specks on lungs from excess iron or something?
Anthracosis: Black specs are called anthracosis. They are particles of soot, tar, and other environmental pollutants that we breathe in and are filtered out of the air by our lungs. The body cannot dissolve or absorb them, so they deposit over time. Everyone has some, but usually it is much heavier and darker in smokers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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