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Doctor insights on: Lupus And Iron Deficiency Anemia

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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

It refers to a low number of red cells in the circulation resulting from a decrease in production in the bone marrow as a result of low amounts of iron available for this purpose. It is the most common type of anemia in the world, commonly due to dietary deficiency, multiple pregnancies, menstrual periods, chronic parasitic infestations, or other causes of chronic bleeding ...Read more


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How do you treat iron deficiency anemia?

How do you treat iron deficiency anemia?

Iron replacement: Best treatment is to replace the deficiency. This can be done with oral iron 325mg taken 3x per day with vitamin c 3x/d. If this is not tolerated then consideration can be given to using intravenous iron. However, IV iron poses greater risks than oral iron replacement- which is preferable. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

How do I know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

Doctor: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have iron deficiency anemia?

How do I know if I have iron deficiency anemia?

Doctor: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have iron deficiency anemia?

How can you know if you have iron deficiency anemia?

Blood tests: A blood count can suggest iron deficiency. Iron studies can give more definitive information. Iron deficiency can be treated with iron supplementation and dietary changes. But, iron deficiency can be a symptom of a more serious illness. This should be discussed with your medical provider. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron deficiency anemia question?

Options: You can either ask the question here if it's a straight forward one or you may want to consider a private conversation if it's a complex one with multiple parts. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to take for iron deficiency anemia?

What is the best thing to take for iron deficiency anemia?

Iron pills.: There are many different formulations of iron, most withouth prescription. A pharmacist can help in picking one. Some people have side effects when taking iron pills, and in that situation, which version you take can make a difference, with "slow release" versions of iron less likely to cause GI problems. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: iron deficiency anemia?

What is the definition or description of: iron deficiency anemia?

Low iron Low RBCs: It refers to a low number of red cells in the circulation resulting from a decrease in production in the bone marrow as a result of low amounts of iron available for this purpose. It is the most common type of anemia in the world, commonly due to dietary deficiency, multiple pregnancies, menstrual periods, chronic parasitic infestations, or other causes of chronic bleeding such as colon cancer. ...Read more

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Why is iron deficiency anemia different from the other types of anemia?

Iron deficiency: There are many types of anemia caused by many types of disorders. Red blood cells require iron in order to develop properly. Without iron, we do not produce adequate numbers of cells which results in anemia. Iron deficiency needs to be explained always and requires an examination and further testing. Simply replacing iron without an investigation and or examination can result in missed diseases. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Iron Poor Blood (Definition)

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