What is the treatment for hypochromic microcytic anemia?

Usually iron. There are multiple causes of hypochromic microcytic anemia, iron deficiency is the commonest cause and it is treated with oral or intravenous iron supplements. Anemia of chronic disease and thalassemia require different approaches.

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What is hypochromic microcytic anemia?

Smaller & paller RBC. Anemia where the RBC look smaller in size and paller- due to decrease hemoglobin content in the rbc. Can be found in iron deficiency anemia, also in Alpha or beta thalassemia minor for instance. Read more...

I have hypochromic and microcytic anemia?

Iron. Most common cause of hypochromic microcytic anemia is iron deficiency in the us. This is particularly true in females. Please discuss with your doctor about getting iron studies and possibly treatment if necessary. There are hemoglobinopathies which can also cause this, but less commonly. Read more...

Help docs, is hypochromic microcytic anemia a kind of skin disease?

Not skin-but blood. Hypochromic microcytic anemia is a blood disorder that typically occurs due to iron deficiency, but may also be seen with some genetic conditions known as thalassemia. Iron deficiency can be caused by blood loss (often not detected by patient in GI tract) and/or inadequate dietary intake. It is not a skin disease. I recommend that you see your doctor to determine the cause of the anemia. Read more...

What is the treatment for iron deficiency anemia?

To know why? The treatment for iron deficiency is iron replacement- that can be in oral form or intravenous form if one can't tolerate iron tablet or does not respond to oral iron. Most importantly, is actually to know why you have iron deficiency anemia ( GI bleeding? Heavy menses? Malabsorprtion etc) and to address the main problem. See your md and have further eval to find the cause of your iron deficiency. Read more...
Iron supplements. iron supplements (either through pills, intravenous or by increasing dietary intake of iron). However reason for iron deficiency anemia should be investigated and treated accordingly. Read more...

After beginning treatment for iron deficiency anemia (45mg elemental iron 1x/day), what should follow-up be? A CBC with iron, ferritin? How soon?

6 months or more. You could wait 6 months to a year to repeat CBC, iron and ferritin. It will take some time to replenish the stores of iron, even after Hemoglobin becomes normal. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...
Depends on goals. set by you and your treating physician. Typically for women, if you have mild iron deficiency anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding, iron is prescribed just to help replace iron lost monthly. Follow up may be 6 months or you my be monitored clinically. For severe anemia, your doctor may decide to recheck your Hematocrit and other labs in 3 months or sooner. Please follow up with your doctor. Read more...

Could hematocrit or RBC count, have an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia?

Yes. Hematocrit is the amount of redcells present in a sample of whole blood. Rbc count is the number of red cells in a specific volume of whole blood. In both cases we would expect these numbers to be low if a patient is anemic. The MCV is usually low in iron deficiency as well. Iron studies and ferritin are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. Read more...