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What Problems Can Be Caused By Iron Deficiency
Not typically: Erectile dysfunction (ED) comes from any thing that can impair the blood vessels to relax appropriately. This includes medications, as well as chronic diseases like diabetes. ED is often an early indication of cardiovascular disease. Anemia would cause a decrease in oxygenation which in combination with above mentioned causes may be enough to trigger ED. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
There are many .....: Causes of anemia, both constitutional and acquired. Fe deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in the us and making that diagnosis is relatively straight forward. However, fe deficiency anemia is not a diagnosis, in and of itself, but rather is a finding with an underlying cause that must be identified. Correcting the fe deficiency without correcting its source will only lead to recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do to control the generalized itching I have possibly caused by iron deficiency anemia?
Antihistamines: If you have been given the diagnosis one could start by taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg every 6 hours. It may also be beneficial to take Zantac 150 mg daily. This is a drug for reflux and ulcers that is actually a histamine blocker. If this doesn't work confer with your physician for other options. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can low MCH and MCHC only caused by iron deficiency or can there be any other reasons behind it , e.g. vitamin deficiency?
Low MCHC: aa30, MCHC being low is caused overwhelmingly by low iron and thus hemoglobin molecules per cell, however extremely rare hemoglobin mutations in predominately the alpha chain of hemoglobin protein which weakens the affinity for the Fe (iron) molecule to O2 can also cause low MCHC. We call these low affinity hemoglobinopathies and alpha chain thalassemias. Dr Hilliard ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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