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Iron Deficiency Itchy Skin
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! ...Read more
I have itchy skin and the urge to move my legs at night due to anemia. Should i still continue with iron pills?..ive been takin it for 2 weeks..
Please see your doct: Please see your doctor to establish the iron deficiency. Blood testing should be reviewed. Itchy skin to my awareness has not been associated with anemia, nor has restless leg issues. Ladies who menstruate, loose iron monthly, and this iron needs to be replaced. Begin by checking with your doctor who placed you on iron. Your soap or laundry detergent may irritate your skin--foods, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could you tell me if someone has an iron deficiency, will a nickel rubbed on their skin leave a gray mark?
Not related: These two have no bearing on each other. ...Read more
Fussy, pale, weak: Young babies often are a bit deficient in iron because they grow so fast, and new growth (new muscle cells, new blood cells, etc...) requires iron. Breastmilk or iron-fortified formula supply needed iron for a baby's growth (a baby can double his weight in the first 5 months). A baby who gets too iron-deficient and quite anemic can be fussy, not eat well, seem pale or weak, and have a rapid pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, 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. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more
Depends on effect: Iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach but, if you experience nausea, diarrhea, or cramps after taking iron then it is best to eat a small amount of food approximately 2 hours before taking iron supplements. Avoid consuming high fiber foods, milk, calcium, antacids or caffeine at the same time you take the iron. ...Read more
Fatigue, Pallor: For mild iron deficiency, there may be no symptoms. As deficiency, and anemia, become more severe, people may feel tired, and their lips may be pale. Their heart may beat faster and may even beat irregularly. For a detailed description of the symptoms of iron deficiency, read http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/ida/signs.Html. ...Read more
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