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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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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 causes of symptoms in pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of symptoms in pernicious anemia?

Lack of vitamin B12: Pernicious anemia is due to a lack of vitamin b12. B12 is necessary for the normal function of the nervous system and the formation of red blood cells. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of iron deficiency?

What are some of the symptoms of iron deficiency?

Several: Fatigue. A common symptom is the craving of ice. This is called Pica. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, feeling cold, dizziness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aplastic anemia?

What are the symptoms of aplastic anemia?

Aplastic anemia: Aplastic anemia can make all of the blood cells low. Low red cells causes anemia. The symptoms of anemia can be fatigue, dizziness, pallor, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Low white cells make the patient susceptible to fever and a variety of infections. Low platelets make one likely to have bruising, bleeding, or petechiae (small purple freckles on the skin). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of iron overload, hemochromatosis?

What are the symptoms of iron overload, hemochromatosis?

A few: Lack of energy, abdominal pain, memory fog, loss of sex drive, heart flutters, irregular heart beat. When symptoms are associated with hemochromatosis, these usually begin in men in their late 20’s to early 30’s. In women, symptoms usually start about 10-15 years after they stop having a period due to menopause, birth control pills or hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for pernicious anemia?

What are the symptoms for pernicious anemia?

Fatigue: caused by an anemia with large red blood cells! Reversible quickly with B12! ...Read more

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What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

Autoimmune disease: Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease producing autoantibodies against intrinsic factor found in the lining of the stomach. This leads to lack of absorption of vitamin B12 which is important in making blood cells and for nourishment of the nervous system. Treatment would be by replacement of B12 via injections or absorption into the body by other means (nasal spray). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hemolytic anemia?

Varies: Some people may be asymptomatic, others may have weakness, fatigue, fast heart rate, tire easily with exercise, shortness of breath with exercise, etc. Any form of anemia has to be diagnosed by a physician who will take a blood sample and run lab work. Once the cause of the anemia is properly diagnosed, it can be treated and the symptoms alleviated. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of iron deficiency anemia in pregnant woman?

What are symptoms of iron deficiency anemia in pregnant woman?

Iron def. anemia: The symptoms in pregnancy for anemia are jsut as in any other conditions but in pregnancy it can affect the fetus as well so you should talk to your ob/gyn md. You will feel tired as in any anemia. Pica is difficult to attribute to iron def. As you normaly could have pica in pregnancy by itself. Ur prenatal vitamin have iron but if you still need additional amounts you need evaluation for it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of calcium deficiency?

What are the symptoms of calcium deficiency?

Many.: Symptoms include muscle spasms, carpopedal spasm, facial grimacing, laryngeal spasm, seizure, and respiratory arrest. If it's long standing, papiledema and increased intracranial pressure develop. A patient could get irritated, with psychosis, intestinal cramps and malabsorption. Chvostek's (faial muscle spasm) and trosseau's (flexion of hand and forearm) are seen along with prolonged qt on ecg. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 for red cells: Many people are B12 deficient. It's an important nutrient in red blood cell and nerve development. Symptoms of deficiency include: weakness, fast heart beat, pale skin, easy bruising, tingling or numbness in fingers and toes, difficulty walking, depression, memory loss and dementia. A significant factor in causes of this deficiency is the use of acid-reducing drugs for gerd. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cooley's anemia?

Cooley's anemia: Beta thalassemia major/cooley's anemia can be presented with severe anemia that requires blood transfusion. Symptoms will include- extreme fatigue, pallor, failure to thrive, development problems ( short stature, amenorrhea- dysfunction in sexual development), chest pain, shortness of breath, ( they have problems with iron overload that leads to heart failure), abdominal pain, liver failure etc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of macrocytic hypochromic anemia?

See below: Macrocytic anemia has several causes. Most common causes are vitamins B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency, liver disease, alcohol excess. There are other less common causes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of iron poor blood?

What are the symptoms of iron poor blood?

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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What are the symptoms of anemia?

Many: Symptoms of anemia include lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, lethargy, rapid heart rate, fatigue, pale skin, etc. In addition, some may have none of these symptoms. Anemia is a symptom; something else is causing the anemia and the cause needs to be found by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of iron deficiency anemia in pregnant woman?

Iron def. anemia: The symptoms in pregnancy for anemia are jsut as in any other conditions but in pregnancy it can affect the fetus as well so you should talk to your ob/gyn md. You will feel tired as in any anemia. Pica is difficult to attribute to iron def. As you normaly could have pica in pregnancy by itself. Ur prenatal vitamin have iron but if you still need additional amounts you need evaluation for it. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?

Feeling tired.: •extreme fatigue •pale skin •weakness •shortness of breath •headachecold hands and feet •brittle nails •fast heartbeat •unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice •poor appetite http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/basics/symptoms/con-20019327. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia?

If the cause: Is heavy menstruation then control of the periods can be helpful. Iron replacement will correct the anemia, but it does take a few months. ...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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I have iron deficiency anemia and this makes me often not eat enough. I have many symptoms that concern me. How do I get my appetite back?

"Irony": Maybe not eating well is causing the iron deficiency!You are at a perfect age to train yourself into good eating habits.This requires an IRON will! It will take weeks but will be worth it for the rest of your life.You'll know you're there when you pick the right foods without much thought and joyously avoid the junk except on special occasions. Fresh veggies,lean meats,unprocessed foods! Go-4-it ! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

Probably not anemia: "Normal blood levels" (e.g. hematocrit, hemoglobin, or iron testing) prove iron deficiency isn't the problem. The symptoms of "severe iron deficiency anemia" are exactly the same for many other health problems. See your doctor to learn the cause. ...Read more

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Iron deficiency anemia?

Fe deficiency anemia: Occurs when fe intake is not adequate to meet the needs of the body for red cell production.. Indeed, it is not a diagnosis unto itself, but rather an indication of another problem to be discovered and corrected to avoid recurrence. Work with your doctor to address the cause of your fe deficiency state, and correct it as well as the fe deficiency state itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to cure iron deficiency anemia!

Multiple Ways: Stop ongoing losses: help heavy menstrual bleeding, fix ulcers, cure leukemia. Build iron supplies: red meat, egg yolk. Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops) turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver artichokes, black strap molasses iron-enriched cereals and grains dried fruit (prunes, raisins iron absorption enhansed by taking with vitamin c rich drink: orange juice. ...Read more

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What causes iron deficiency anemia?

Low Iron: In women of reproductive age, one of the most common causes of iron deficiency is heavy periods. There are other causes. Blood loss, acute or chronic, can cause it as well. To determine the cause, see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate testing and treatment. ...Read more

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How serious is iron deficiency anemia?

Severity and cause: Will depend on how severe it is and whether you are pregnant or not. If you only have mild deficiency-you probably don't have any symptom. If severe enough, tired, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath can be the symptoms. In pregnancy iron is very important for the fetus. It is crucial to know what is the cause. Bleeding? Malabsorption, cancer? Etc- this needs to be found out. ...Read more

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Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: If iron deficiency is not treated, ultimately this can lead to high output cardiac (heart) failure. When someone is anemic, then their blood volume is low. This leads to increased cardiac output and ultimately the heart can't keep up with the demand. When this occurs, lack of blood flow leads to organ failure. Learning point is to treat it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Can an iron deficiency anemia be inherited?

Iron Deficiency Anem: Practically all cases of iron deficiency are due to lack of intake of iron in the diet or loss of iron through bleeding (gi tract or menstruation, for example). There are many diseases, while not common, that can result in iron deficiency anemia as an affect of the underlying disorder and some can be inherited. These would include inherited malabsorption diseases, hemolysis, & hemoglobinurias. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

How to know if I have iron-deficiency anemia?

See below...: 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 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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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

Too few healthy red blood cells due to too little ...Read more


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Iron Poor Blood (Definition)

It may mean any anemia, or ...Read more