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What are effective treatments for suspected iron deficiency?

What are effective treatments for suspected iron deficiency?

Iron supplements: Anemia should have a confirmed cause, so "suspected" is not good enough. A low serum iron level associated with heavy periods may be the cause, but there are also other causes of anemia and your doctor can confirm the cause. Dietary sources of iron are excellent (more red meat) but iron supplements available over the counter may also help. ...Read more

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What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest for iron-deficiency anemia?

What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest for iron-deficiency anemia?

Diet, oral iron: First, the dietary intake of iron has to be maximised with green vegetables, red meatsand other iron containing foods. Use of vitamin c can maximise iron absorption and finally supplemental iron as oral pills and occasionally Folic Acid supplements are a big help. ...Read more

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What may cause iron deficiency?!

What may cause iron deficiency?!

Bleeding/poor intake: The most common cause is bleeding, which could be "normal" like a woman with periods or abnormal bleeding as in the GI tract. That could be from gastritis, ulcers, abnormal blood vessels, diverticuli (small pockets in the intestines), or tumors (benign or malignant). Also very low iron in the diet (no red meat or green leafy vegetables) or failure to absorb iron from the GI tract can do it. ...Read more

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Can you die from an iron deficiency?

Can you die from an iron deficiency?

See below: People who have severe iron deficiency would have experienced symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain from anemia. It can also cause hair loss. Because of this, people seek help and get diagnosed by doing a simple blood test and be treated for it, so it is hard to die from iron deficiency anemia unless a person ignores all these warning signals. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of iron deficiency?

What are symptoms of iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency: Mild deficiency has no symptoms, but when iron levels become low enough to cause anemia, one develops a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath with exertion and fatigue. If this happens very slowly symptoms may not be noticeable until anemia is fairly severe. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency anem: Anemia makes you tired and pale. Some get lightheaded, or have chest pain or shortness of breath. Iron deficiency can cause "pica" (craving something above and beyond needing it for food). The most common symptom is munching ice. Other people crave starch, chalk, dirt, or other unusual substances. It's important that iron-deficient people see an md so dangerous things like GI cancer are ruled out. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have iron deficiency?

How to determine if I have iron deficiency?

Symptoms of anemia : Anemia is a common result and patients feel weak due to it. The confirmation requires blood tests to measure the hemoglobin and iron levels in order to check the iron stores in the body. There are well know tests to make a diagnosis of iron deficiency, which your doctor can run. ...Read more

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Are there any symptoms for iron deficiency?

See below: Fatigue is a prominenet one. A reddish tongue and dome difficulty swallowwing may oalso be present. If the cause of the iron deficiencey is blood loss you may see black tarry stools and have signs of pain, bloating and gas. ...Read more

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What should I eat if I have an iron deficiency?

Meats, Green Veggies: Iron rich foods include meats, poultry, fish, green vegetables, oatmeal, and beans. Vitamin c (found in citrus like oranges) increases iron absorption. There is a nice explanation of the two types of iron found in food and a list of iron rich foods at http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/iron-rich-foods. ...Read more

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What foods are high in iron for low iron deficiency?

A lot actually: Here is a list of the top 10 iron rich doods by Kathleen Zelmam. Please click on the provided links: Www.webmd.com/diet/features/top-10-iron-rich-foods Www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/ ...Read more

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