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What Happen If Anemia Remains Untreated
Will get worse: If anemia is untreated it will get worse and will give you more symptoms. Symptoms will depend of the severity of the anemia and the cause of the anemia. Fatigue, lack of energy, dizziness, shortness of breath, chets discomfort on exertion, etc are the most common problems. Certain cause of anemia-like vit B12 deficiency can cause memory problem, lack of concentration, etc that can be irreversible. ...Read more
Bad stuff: What can happen if you do not treat your anemia depends to some degree on the cause of your anemia because anemia is a symptom and not a disease by itself (it results from a lot of different problems). Anemia by itself strains the heart and chronic anemia can lead to heart failure. You should find out the cause and get treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: What is the cause of your anemia? This is the most important question. And how severe is your anemia? Is it progressively worsening? If your anemia is mild and due to iron deficiency related to menstrual bleeding, then you may not have much problem. But if your anemia is severe, and due to kidney problem, bone marrow problem, GI bleeding or cancer, it can be life threatening! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends on...: Mild anemia may cause no symptoms so if untreated it would not have any particular consequences. More severe anemia may include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, fast heart rate, headache, cognitive problems etc. so if it goes untreated you would suffer with those symptoms until corrected. But this should not affect your ability to respond to proper treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not recommended: Anemia needs to be properly diagnosed in terms of subtype and what causes it. After adequate diagnostic workup by a qualified physician, appropriate treatment should be started. If left untreated, anemia may become worse and lead to various complications. Also, since anemia is frequently caused by an underlying condition, not treating that condition can have additional complications. ...Read more
Untreated anemia: Bad anemia can cause fatigue, lightheadedness, chest pain, shortness of breath, and leg pain with exercise. Some cases require blood transfusion. There are literally hundreds of causes of anemia, many of which are easily treatable, and others which are mild or congenital and don't need treatment at all. To find out what kind of anemia someone has and whether it needs treatment, see a hematologist. ...Read more
Death: Within weeks or a few months.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm 31 weeks pregnant and crave ice a lot. Is this a sign of anemia? If it goes untreated could it be harmful to me and baby?
Pica: This is a condition not completely understood, called pica. Most women will describe a craving for ice, but other foods, and even clay and dirt, are also common. Iron hunger in the face of anemia is certainly one theory, but remember, you're making a new person, and adding 50% more blood to your system. So your iron demands are going to be higher. Ask your doctor if he checked you for anemia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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