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Iron Defeciency Anemia

Anemia that results from a deficiency of iron in the body is called iron-deficiency anemia. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, so iron deficiency affects the production of hemoglobin. The symptoms include weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, tongue swelling, brittle nails, and irregular heartbeats.

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My daughter's hemoglobin is low. Should she avoid milk?

Query: Hello doctor,My daughter is suffering from low hemoglobin (7.2 g/dL) and iron deficiency. The doctor has advised her not to consume milk. Is milk not good in this condition?Please advise.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern.Milk may interfere with iron absorption. Additionally, we do not recommend unpasteurized milk or buffalo milk in such cases, as they have the potential to cause micro-hemorrhages in the gut, leading to further reduction in hemoglobin. If the chi...  Read Full »

Is iron deficiency the cause of my right arm pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a young adult suffering from migraines on my right side for almost four years. A few weeks back, my right eye started twitching. The doctor said it was dehydration, but after few days I started feeling weird sensations on the right side of my face. It was tingling, burning, or someti...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Mostly the pain is due to anemia only, but sometimes it can also be due to nerves. So in such a case, I would suggest you do an X-ray of the neck. It will help to check if there is any obstruction in the neck region b...  Read Full »

I have anemia symptoms with beta thalessemia minor. Is it due to lack of iron?

Query: Hello doctor, Thank you for the reply, I have minor beta thalassemia which I inherited from my mother, but unlike her (asymptomatic), I experience anemia symptoms like paleness, shortness of breath after the least effort, feeling tired all the time, broken nails. I would like to know if these sympto...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Yes, your symptoms point towards iron deficiency anemia. In beta thalassemia minor patient usually feels more fatigue on exertion as compared to normal people without thalassemia. However do not worry about thalassemia m...  Read Full »

Is it safe to stop iron supplements for three months after attaining the normal serum value?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with anemia last month. My serum iron level was 12. I was put on Ferrous Sulfate 325 mg twice a day. My doctor suspected a GI bleed because I have acid reflux that is under control with medications, but I wanted to try supplements first. I am not having any crazy GI sym...  Read Full »

Dr. Peter Bryant Rapsing Grutas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, the test is still valid. The results would show the effect of increased iron intake for the past weeks that you have been taking it and a few days of not taking it will not have much effect. Not taking it for three months is still fine. I believe your doctor has...  Read Full »

My platelet is high with 4 gm hemoglobin. What is my problem?

Query: Hello doctor, My platelet count was 974, hemoglobin was 4, sedimentation rate was >140, and iron was 7 with a saturation of 1%. I went to the doctor because I lost vision in one eye for about an hour. They have done and MRI, and EKG both normal. Two units of blood and iron transfusions started...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the Your transferrin saturation and Hb seems very low. If you provide full CBC (complete blood count) report then it can be clear whether it is iron deficiency anemia or hemolytic anemia. Platelet count here can be high as a result of reactive thrombocytosis. It is be...  Read Full »

My daughter has anisopoikilocytosis. Need help.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 18 years old. She is diagnosed with microcytic hyperchromic moderate anisopoikilocytosis. Please tell me, what it means and what is the condition. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What you have described above is a description of red blood cells seen on a peripheral smear. This means red blood cells are smaller than normal with less hemoglobin in them and there are variations in their size rather than them being uniform. A complete blood c...  Read Full »

I am having difficulty taking deep breaths. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old female. I weigh 55 kg, and my height is 168 cm. I have been having difficulty taking a deep breath for over a year now. I got it suddenly one day while riding my bike. It feels like my breath is not completed or like I am missing some air. Some days it does not occu...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am thinking it might be coming from your lungs, or it could be anemia. Have you been a smoker? Do you have a history of childhood asthma? Have you had any breathing test or blood work done recently? Revert with more information to an internal medicine physician onli...  Read Full »

My daughter is suffering from severe stomach pain. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 13 years old. She is having moderate to severe stomach pain for a year. We thought that it was related to constipation. After a few weeks, my daughter started to have a headache, feelings of dizziness, and shortness of breath. She had a habit of eating ice all the time. Her...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have gone through the attached blood test results (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your daughter's serum ferritin is low which reflects the low iron stores. Her hemoglobin is low. Her low ferritin levels support it. Her TIBC (total iron binding capacity) ...  Read Full »

Can iron deficiency anemia be improved with supplements in stomach or colon cancer patient?

Query: Hi doctor,A week ago I made a complete blood test to check whether my iron deficiency was improving. I have used B12 and iron supplements. In addition to this, the doctor told me that I had a UTI and gave me pills. Though UTI did not seem like it has gone away, and another thing is that, after I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and here is my advise. Your attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) showing improvement in iron parameters and hemoglobin level. So your anemia is improving. Read below answers for your questions: In stomach cance...  Read Full »

I have low ferritin levels despite medications. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old female. Yesterday, doctors have checked my blood. I am visiting a hospital frequently as I have iron deficiency anemia. The thing I am scared about is, my doctor asked me why my ferritin has not increased (just the opposite, it has decreased from 5.79 to 5.77) after ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In viral infection, lymphocytosis means increased lymphocytes and neutrophil is relatively low because of increased lymphocytes. Platelet can be high in iron deficiency anemia. It is not a matter of worry just now. You can provide your reports to guide you further....  Read Full »

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