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I have dry, red, itchy skin & am concerned about lupus, thanks to an unfortunate Google search. Can iron deficiency/anemia cause skin problems & itch?

I have dry, red, itchy skin & am concerned about lupus, thanks to an unfortunate Google search. Can iron deficiency/anemia cause skin problems & itch?

You may be onto: Something as the most common cause of itching can be iron deficiency anemia. However, without more info, this is only speculative. We need your medical, family, social, sexual, surgical, meds/supplement histories to put all the pieces together. Do see your doctor and discuss this. A simple lab test can help!

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How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

How dangerous can iron deficiency anemia get?

"Dead" serious: Neglecting it can cost your your life -- the heart fails. And neglecting the underlying cause -- which can be a stomach ulcer, cancer, malabsorption, or even an ill-advised diet -- can be a lethal mistake as well. Be smart.

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What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

What are problems with untreated, iron deficiency, anemia?

Anemia: Your hemoglobin will go down, and you will end up requiring blood transfusions. Usually there is an underlying problem causing the anemia (most commonly from the intestines or the bone marrow), and this needs to be sorted out.

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I need help! How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

I need help! How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Blood test: Check your iron level via blood testing. It is simple and quick. Hemoglobin is usually low as well.

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Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed.

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What is iron deficiency anemia and can I correct it by changing my diet?

What is iron deficiency anemia and can I correct it by changing my diet?

Too little iron: When your body doesn't have enough iron, you have iron deficiency anemia. Sources of iron - egg yolks, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan.

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What is the difference between iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia?

Matter of degree: When iron intake is inadequate for a prolonged period, iron storage in body is depleted. This is called iron deficient state. When this iron deficient state continues and iron store is further depleted, anemia develops, namely iron deficiency anemia.

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How to feed the child to prevent iron-deficiency anemia?

How to feed the child to prevent iron-deficiency anemia?

Oral iron supplement: You may give the child oral iron supplement. You may look of foods, e.g., cereals, with iron supplement.

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is iron deficiency anemia?

Lack of iron: Generally speaking, anemia represents a decrease in the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia caused by insufficient iron available in the body due to various reasons including insufficient intake, impaired absorption, decreased utilization in the bone marrow, chronic blood loss (example: heavy menses).

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How do I know if I'm experiencing B12 deficieny or iron deficiency anemia?

Assuming anemia...: Fe deficiency and B12 deficiency can be distinguished by the size of your red cells. Fe deficiency results in a microcytic hypo chromic anemia, reticulocytopenia and a wide red cell distribution width. B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency (and pernicious anemia--intrinsic factor deficiency) give rise to a megaloblastic anemia. Red cell indices from a cbc. There are many causes of anemia besides these though.

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What kind of blood tests for iron deficiency/anemia?

What kind of blood tests for iron deficiency/anemia?

CBC and Ferritin: A CBC would establish a diagnosis of anemia and microcytosis would suggest iron deficiency. The latter can be tested for by measuring blood levels of ferritin, transferrin, and iron binding capacity. The cause of iron deficiency then needs to be investigated and may be due to blood loss, dietatry deficiency, malabsorption etc.

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What vitamins can you recommend for an iron deficiency anemia?

Iron Pills: Iron pills (ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate and ferrous fumarate) are great for iron deficiency anaemia. They are otc too, so you can have your pharmacist make a recommendation.

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Should I eat wheat and oat bran if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Should I eat wheat and oat bran if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Not for anemia: Bleeding from an ulcer or GI malignancy needs to be excluded. Iron deficiency in a male might indicated some kind of malabsorption. If due to celiac disease wheat and oat bran need to be excluded. Another possibility is poor stomach acid from taking acid blocker medications. Smokers can develop iron deficiency anemia from exposure to cadmium. Find the cause of the iron deficiency.

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Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

NO...: Low iron state typically causes paleness of skin, mucus membranes, and it is more evident in your eyes (pale cconjunctivae). So, this should not cause dark circles under your eyes. More likely from chronic nasal congestions which reduce blood flow and causing the darker appearances there--often known as allergic shiners. Treating nasal congestions/allergies may help. Consult your doc. Good luck.

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I had few years ago 2x iron deficiency anemia and now I feel continuously fatigued. Anemia again? Now I am 21 years old.

Possible: Iron deficiency anemia is not uncommon in women due to menstrual blood loss. It would be okay to take oral iron supplement and multi-vitamins. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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Bloodwork done to determine cause of iron deficiency anemia, Lactate dehydrogenase level was 122 (ref 140-271). What causes low LDH?

Not abnormal: Even though lower than the lower end of the reference range, your LDH levels in not abnormal. Muscles are a contributor to LDH and women in general have a lower muscle mass. Do not be concerned about it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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My son is 3 year old and has severe hypoproteinemia and severe iron deficiency anemia for 1 year. Can eosinophillic esophagitis caused that?

My son is 3 year old and has severe hypoproteinemia and severe iron deficiency anemia for 1 year. Can eosinophillic esophagitis caused that?

No: Cold (viral illness) very common in this age group. But iron deficiency anemia and hypoproteinemia are not. What is the reason for above two? And the main symptom of eosinophilic esophagitis----- gerd, and uncontrolled asthma. Does he have those two symptoms? You need a pediatrician and pulmonologist to satisfy your concerns.

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