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Low Hemoglobin

Low hemoglobin count in your blood indicates anemia. The average hemoglobin count for men and women is 13.5 and 12 g/dL, and anything less than that is considered anemia. Other conditions that cause low hemoglobin are cancer, kidney disease, lead poisoning, liver cirrhosis, and hypothyroidism.

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Please give me suggestions after seeing my blood profile reports.

Query: Hello doctor, Today I checked my blood profile. I have attached my blood report. Please give me suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are no major abnormalities as such. However, I have noticed the following derangements. Your Hb (hemoglobin) is borderline, and MCV (mean corpuscular volume) and MCH (mean corpusc...  Read Full »

How to manage low hemoglobin despite taking folic acid?

Query: Hi doctor, My hemoglobin level is 9.8 g/dl. It did not increase after taking Ferrous Ascorbate or Folic Acid capsules. I have also taken B12 injections. I have been also suffering from diabetes for the last 20 years.  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In your case, a low red cell count is also contributing to low hemoglobin. Some more investigations are needed. Get a reticulocyte, stool with occult blood, urine test, especially for hematuria, and ferritin tests. You might need recombinant ...  Read Full »

My mother's hemoglobin levels are reduced after chemotherapy. The doctor advised for a blood transfusion. What are the risks of blood transfusion?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom has brain cancer so she underwent surgery followed by cyber knife therapy and chemotherapy. Now her tumor is under control but her hemoglobin and platelets are too low (6.8 and 60000) so her doctor suggested that she should go for a blood transfusion. I want to know if we should...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Low WBC (white blood cells), platelets, and hemoglobin are common side effects of chemotherapy. Blood transfusion is indicated for your low hemoglobin. Let her go for one or two pints of blood transfusion over three to fou...  Read Full »

My 27-year-old sister has low hemoglobin. What are the ways to increase her hemoglobin level?

Query: Hello doctor,My sister is 27 years old. She has low hemoglobin. What are the ways to increase her hemoglobin level?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Low hemoglobin is also called anemia. Grade 1 anemia: Hemoglobin less than normal for age and gender up to 9.9 g/dL. This is mild anemia. No investigation is needed. Just improve diet, give hematinics. Rule out renal disease, liver diseas...  Read Full »

Why does my father have high BP and serum creatinine and low Hb?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 62 years old, and his hemoglobin levels have deteriorated for the last two years. His ultrasound report shows that the kidneys are smaller than their natural size. His legs are swollen at times. His blood pressure is high. The serum creatinine level is between 2 to 3 mg/dL. H...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to the reports provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the kidneys are shrunken and damaged. It is known as chronic kidney disease. The swelling in the legs and high blood pressure are due to chronic kidne...  Read Full »

My period has been delayed. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old, and my period is delayed by two months. My Hb count is 10 g/dL, and MCV, PCV, and MCH are low. My pelvic ultrasound showed a bulky retroverted uterus. When can my period start, and is everything fine?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Sometimes the body gets affected by illnesses like overwork, medications like hormones or treatment drugs, and circumstances like sudden weight gain or weight loss, stress, or anxiety. Like in any of the above cases, p...  Read Full »

Should I take iron supplements after donating blood?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female. I am obese with a history of mental health issues, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, hyperhidrosis, high triglycerides, and cholesterol. I exercise about three times a week and take Glycopyrrolate at 5 mg a day and Venlafaxine at 225 mg per day. I als...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Thanks for the detailed history. I have read your query and am sorry for such discomfort. You have mentioned symptoms of tiredness, occasional lightheadedness, and high resting heart rate, and these symptoms are consist...  Read Full »

How to increase hemoglobin in a thalassemia minor patient?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 76 year old male, who is 170 cm tall and weigh 68 kg. Presently I have anemia, and my hemoglobin is 9.6 g/dL. I also have high serum ferritin level of 1900 ng/mL. I have this problem for some time. Many years ago, I was diagnosed with thalassemia minor. I was feeling tired, and I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormal hemoglobin production. I do not have to explain you much about thalassemia as your doctor might have told you the details...  Read Full »

My wife has to undergo a bone marrow test. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My wife aged 36 with low hemoglobin got her hemoglobin and platelet increased. But after two months, she had vomiting and developed jaundice, and the hemoglobin got reduced again. The doctors advised two bottles of blood transfusion, but after 75 % of the blood was transfused, she got ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I have noted that your wife's hemoglobin level is not increasing with iron treatment and decreasing for two months according to the history provided. Moreover, she had suffered from jaundice as well. So, I suggest yo...  Read Full »

I have low Hb and hematocrit values. Is it due to my habits?

Query: Hello doctor, I have recently done my annual physical checkup. My doctor referred me to a hematologist due to a decrease in my hemoglobin level, which is 10.8 % and, as well as my hematocrit level, which was 47% . I have a history of smoking and do not drink sufficient water. Do smoking and less con...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, welcome to the I have gone through your query. Your doctor suspects secondary polycythemia and so you are referred to a hematologist. You are having smoking habit according to provided history. 1. Smoking is the cause of a slightly high HCT in your case. 2. Dehyd...  Read Full »

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