It is essential to take iron-rich food as iron is needed to carry oxygen in the body and to make red blood cells. Foods rich in iron are shellfish, spinach, liver, legumes, red meat, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, broccoli, etc.
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My son's ferritin level is low. Can he take iron supplements?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a 16 year old son, he runs at the varsity level, for his high school, cross country, and track team. He is a distance runner. He recently had some blood tests done. His hemoglobin was 14.8 g/dL, hematocrit was 44.5 %, and ferritin was 23 ng/mL. I have been told by the team do... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will second your pediatrician and reassure you that, iron is for hemoglobin synthesis, and as the amount of hemoglobin is fine and he is actively taking part in long-distance sports I will not supplement iron. If you are being pressurized then the best alterna... Read Full »
I feel tired in the evenings. Do I need any supplements?
Query: Hi doctor, I feel very tired in the evenings. So, I got a medical checkup done, and I need to understand if everything is fine. Do I need to take any supplements? If yes, kindly tell me the names of the medicines. I am attaching my reports, and I am currently taking tablet Losar H and Stamlo for hy... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history, general condition, and your investigation reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will need few additional information like, since when do you have your symptoms? When did you start taking the hypertension medicines? D... Read Full »
How can clubbed fingers be treated?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old male and I have clubbed fingers. During my college days, I found out that I have clubbed fingers. But, I did not take that much serious. Now I am 25 and I feel shy to be in public to show my fingers. I have checked with a doctor. I do not have any heart or lung probl... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). With your description and the given picture, it seems you have clubbed fingers. There are numerous causes for clubbing of fingers. You need to evaluate yourself by a physic... Read Full »
Why is my daughter's hemoglobin level low?
Query: Hi doctor, My 3 years old daughter is diabetic since 1.5 years of age and she is also anemic. Sugar is not much a concern. Recently, we got her blood test done and her hemoglobin is 10 and serum ferritin is 1.71. I have given her Iron supplement for over eight months now. Since then, this is her thi... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Anemia can have many causes. Iron deficiency is one of them and very common. There can be other causes, which require some other investigations like peripheral smear and vitamin B12 levels. But, low ferritin points towards low iron as the cause. If she ever req... Read Full »
Why are my hemoglobin level and platelet count low?
Query: Hi doctor,My Hb level has been low for the last two years. I was COVID positive, and now all the symptoms have gone, but my CBC shows a Hb level of 7.5 g/dL, platelets 47000 per mm3, WBC is 12100 per mm3, lymphocytes are 46 %. Currently, I am taking tablet Caripill and syrup Ferium. Is there any sev... Read Full »
Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern. The increased WBC count (white blood cell) suggests infection, and you need a course of appropriate antibiotics for that. Your Hb (hemoglobin) levels are low, and if it falls further low to five to six, you will need a blood transfusion. Th... Read Full »
My wife's fitness certificate was put on hold due to low hemoglobin. Can she travel abroad?
Query: Hello doctor, My wife went for a master health checkup. Her fitness certificate was put on hold due to low hemoglobin and other blood test parameters. Her hemoglobin was 8 g/dL, ESR was 25, hematocrit was 26.8, MCV was 62.3, MCH was 18.8, MCHC was 30.0, and RDW was 21.4 %. Can you please chec... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your wife has microcytic hypochromic anemia. The common causes of microcytic hypochromic anemia are iron-deficiency anemia, sideroblastic anemia, thalassemia minor, and anemia of chro... Read Full »
My girlfriend took an emergency contraceptive pill due to a broken condom incident, and since then, she has had withdrawal bleeding. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had sex nine days ago. The condom slipped, but its opening was outside and I removed it carefully. But, just to be sure, she had Unwanted-72 immediately after. Today, she had period-like bleeding. Is it a side effect of Unwanted-72 or was it something else? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This could be because of hormonal changes due to the pill you have taken. It is a withdrawal bleeding and there is nothing to worry about. So, relax and do not worry. However, if you have a doubt then get back to me. Take care. For more information consult an obstetric... Read Full »
Kindly review my report and help me know the required dosage of tablet Thyronorm for my hypothyroidism.
Query: Hi doctor,I am a 31-year-old female. I have hypothyroidism, and I have been using Thyronorm 50 mcg for one year. I have attached my latest reports. My question is can I continue the same dosage? Also, please recommend necessary supplements and food suggestions regarding the vitamin results in the re... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the report which you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Both total and free T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) values are within the range. TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is mildly elevated from the uppe... Read Full »
Why does my 19-month-old son's heart race while sleeping?
Query: Hi doctor, My 19-month-old son had blood work done. His alkaline phosphatase level was over 4000 IU/L. What does that mean? He barely breathes while sleeping with his heart racing. He also has decreased appetite, always touches the lower back of his head, and remains uncoordinated. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I got your concern. As blood pressure remains high with abnormal values in the report, it may indicate kidney problems with possible vitamin D deficiency. I need more history and workup for comments. Kindly connect online for more concerns. Thank you. Read Full »
How can we prevent post-COVID thrombotic complications?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42-year-old male, and I was tested COVID positive before 49 days. After that, I took medicines as per the advice from the doctor. I had a fever till the day before I got my test results and did not have a fever after that. The saturated oxygen level was also fine. Presently I am n... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and understand your concern, especially considering the new complications like black or white fungus developing in COVID patients. As mentioned above in the query, your COVID was mild as you did not require any oxygen and was man... Read Full »