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Is iron deficiency a serious problem?

Is iron deficiency a serious problem?

Yes: All red blood cells carry hemoglobin, a chemical that carries oxygen throughout the body. Without oxygen, we die. The hemoblobin is composed of iron and a carrier protein named globulin. So without the iron, the hemoglobin will be low, the cells won't be able to carry oxygen and the body has no energy and starts to lose its function. Also, snce we do not normally lose iron, look for bleeding. ...Read more

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Iron Poor Blood (Definition)

Iron poor blood is also known as Iron Deficiency Anemia. Iron-poor blood is a condition where there is a lack of iron leading to insufficient ability of the blood to transport oxygen throughout the ...Read more


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Do you know if the hair max light comb works for thinning hair? Losing hair around temples, can iron deficiency be a problem?

Do you know if the hair max light comb works for thinning hair? Losing hair around temples, can iron deficiency be a problem?

Slight benefit: It may help a little. You may wish to use minoxidil. You may wish to see a dermatologist. Iron deficiency was once included in lists of causes for hair loss but a good study a few years ago put an end to that. A 48-year old woman tends to thin on top, not at the temples. A dermatologist might help you. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

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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Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Can iron deficiency anemia be a symptom of another problem?

Yes, absolutely: Iron deficiency anemia can result from chronic blood loss in the body. The source must be found and treated. It can be an occult tumor in the colon, or excessive menstrual bleeding too. Poor diet or absorption can be responsible too. Other possible sources as well. ...Read more

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4 yo has a slightly low hgb. It is 11.2. His hct is normal. Should I be concerned there is an underlying problem other than iron deficiency?

4 yo has a slightly low hgb. It is 11.2. His hct is normal. Should I be concerned there is an underlying problem other than iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency: In pediatrics we are taught the first 3 causes of anemia are "iron deficiency, iron deficiency, iron deficiency". Typically you treat for iron deficiency, and pt takes 3 months of supplemental iron and then you recheck hgb and hematocrit to see if it corrected. If it did not and pt actually took the iron as directed then you would look for a different cause. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I've vitamin D deficiency 17.5nmol/l and iron deficiency 6.8umol/l there is any problem if i take vitamin D and iron together ?

I've vitamin D deficiency 17.5nmol/l and iron deficiency 6.8umol/l there is any problem if i take vitamin D and iron together ?

No problem: Taking both vitamin D and iron together should not be a problem. Your stomach may be sensitive to one of these drugs so if you have any symptoms such as nausea or pain you should try taking them at different times. ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

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