Iron Supplement

The red blood cells in the blood contain the maximum amount of iron. Iron is essential for good health as red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to other tissues of the body. You might need iron supplements in conditions like iron-deficiency anemia, pregnancy, during menstruation, dialysis, excess blood loss, 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 »


Dr. Atul Prakash

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 alternative is...  Read Full »

Can the cyst in my mother's uterus be cancerous?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 48 years old, and she was having a problem with menstruation. So, she got a sonography done, and the sonography reports showed a large, and ill-defined heterogeneous mass lesion with moderate internal vascularity in cervix extending into the lower uterine region and upper one...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the history, I do not think you have to worry. Let me explain why. It mostly appears to be a fibroid arising from the lower uterine segment, just above the cervix and extending to the vagina. Never diagnose any disease by just an investigation report. Most impo...  Read Full »

I am worried about my blood reports. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I had a blood test. The report shows, TSH is 14.2, cardiac risk factor 7.1, high cholesterol and low iron and hemoglobin. At the same time, I have periods for the last 20 days. So, I had Destrogen twice a day. Now, I am taking Iron, Calcium and cholesterol tablets after dinner. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, do not worry as everything is very well treatable. Regarding your thyroid, were you a known hypothyroid or just now detected? If you are a known case and on 100 ug since long, then dose needs to be increased to 112.5 as TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is more ...  Read Full »

I have allergic issues for 15 years. Can I take iron supplements along with asthma medications?

Query: Hi doctor, I have allergic issues for the past 15 years. Initially, it started as allergic rhinitis, and then I got bronchial asthma. Currently, I am taking medications for asthma and sacroiliitis. I was having some issues and flare-ups for the past three months. So I did a blood test today to kn...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from bronchial asthma and sacroiliitis. According to your attached investigation reports, (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your CRP (C-reactive protein) levels are above norma...  Read Full »

Why does the sclera of my eyes have a blue hue to them?

Query: Hi doctor, I am consistently doing tests to know my iron levels every month and the results are confusing. I have low ferritin. I am exhibiting classic signs of iron deficiency and even my sclera of eyes have a blue hue on them. But my serum iron levels are consistently high which causes my saturat...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to consult an endocrinologist for having a high transferrin saturation greater than 50 percent. It creates non-transferrin-bound iron (NTBI) which is toxic and creates damage to certain cells in the body through an oxidation process. When your transferrin s...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some ways to improve hemoglobin level.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 years old married female. My height is 156 cm and weight is 55 kg. I am neither pregnant nor a mother. Before 20 days, my BP was too low, 90/50 mmHg and I felt weakness and breathlessness. I have gone through blood tests and my hemoglobin was found to be 7.8 g/dL. I have attach...  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through all the data posted. The reports posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows mainly iron deficiency and vitamin D deficiency. Iron deficiency is commonly seen in menstruating females because of blood loss. Hence, the nutritional nee...  Read Full »

Can iron supplements cause bloating of the stomach?

Query: Hi doctor, I had arrhythmia problems last month, and nothing came up in the heart studies. But I started feeling bloated with time, and for the last four weeks, my body temperature is slightly higher (37.3 to 37.4). A couple of days ago, I started feeling nauseous and realized a bump right above my...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern and the reason for being anxious about this recently appearing bump in the stomach area for the last few months. Thankfully your heart was clear. Well, simple things first: The temperature changes in you are due to physiologic variation...  Read Full »

Kindly go through the laboratory reports of my wife and suggest.

Query: Hi doctor,Kindly see the laboratory reports of my wife. She is pregnant. Her age is 30 years. Our doctor has given certain medicines of vitamins, iron, etc.  Read Full »


Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. My hearty congratulations for becoming a father. The reports of your wife are all in their normal limits (attachment removed to protect patient identity) except for the iron studies, which is usually low in the pregnant women. I suggest your wife Iron tablets daily from ...  Read Full »

I have high blood pressure with headaches. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old (female) and for two weeks, my systolic blood pressure has been over 135 and diastolic approximately 89 with 90 bpm at rest. My blood pressure is usually around 110/75 mmHg with 70-80 bpm at rest. I get sharp headaches that come and go, but some do not go for extended pe...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry about your blood pressure and it can be reactionary increase due to all your other problems. You are having acid peptic disease and anemia. Iron supplements tend to increase acid peptic disease. So, be off Iron supplements for a few days and begin it slowl...  Read Full »

How do birth control packs work?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking birth control pills, and I have a 28 pack. After three weeks of white pills and one week of sugar pills, I stopped taking sugar pills for a week. What do I do to continue taking sugar pills? Can I just continue taking them, or else shall I take sugar pills two weeks in a row?...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Katarya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, those are not sugar pills. They are iron pills that are included to maintain iron stores in case you have excessive bleeding. So if you have not taken them for a week, then it is fine to take them in next week. There is no need to take additional doses or taking t...  Read Full »

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