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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Are irregular periods a reason for my chest pain and breathlessness?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having some chest pain and breathlessness with light activity. I went to the doctor and they did some tests. I have got the results back but do not have an appointment until next month. Could you look over my reports?Last year, I had anemia due to heavy periods. My periods are still i...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern.I have gone through the reports you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity).You are having low iron and low hemoglobin level.This can be the reason for your symptoms.Your WBC (white blood cell) count is also sligh...  Read Full »

My 70-year-old mother has a low hemoglobin level. Should we consult a hematologist?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 70-years-old, and for the last 15 days, she has had health issues. She has anemia with Hb - 8 gm/dL ; when consulted with a physician, he suggested consulting a hematologist. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following is my opinion on your asked question. It could be a case of hemolytic anemia. In hemolytic anemia, red blood cell (RBC) destruction is present, and so the life span of RBC is reduced. I suspect hemolytic anemia due to high ferritin shown in report (attachment ...  Read Full »

I have a low hemoglobin count. How can I treat it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had low hemoglobin of 10.60, though, in the last 15 days. I have been eating nutritious food and taking iron and folic acid capsules. Please help me because I need to increase the same, as I need to give reports to my company for health status. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello. Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You have iron deficiency anemia. First of all, we need to kill worms in our body which can cause iron deficiency. The tablet Bandy (Albendazole) 400 mg once a day for three days will ...  Read Full »

Do I get exhausted easily due to my lo hemogobin levels?

Query: Hi doctor, My hemoglobin level is 5.1 g/dL. I get tired and exhausted often for a month. I also had hypertension for 12 years. Currently, I am taking tablet Telmikind H, half a tablet once a day. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. You are getting tired due to anemia, and it frequently presents with fatigue. Probably, you may have microcytic hypochromic anemia by iron deficiency. Your hemoglobin level is very low. I suggest you need an Iron sucrose-like injection for rapi...  Read Full »

What do low hemoglobin and RBC levels indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My hemoglobin count and RBC levels were normal until about a year or two, but now my hemoglobin level is around 10 g/dL, and blood reports show that I have iron deficiency anemia. I am taking tablet Amlong 5 mg and tablet Ecosprin 75 mg and do not have any previous history of the same ...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There are two issues that I would like to discuss in detail. 1) Your diagnosis is correct; it is iron deficiency anemia. The best way to treat it is through o...  Read Full »

Why is my son's hemoglobin level been low for one year?

Query: Hi doctor,My son is 13 years and six months old and has had a low hemoglobin level of 9.8 g/dL for the past year. The doctor suggested a Tasiron iron supplement, but it did not improve. Regular beetroot juice, pomegranate juice, a non-vegetarian diet, and homeopathic Iron sulfate supplements did not...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern. Iron deficiency is not only the cause of low hemoglobin in your son. He has some chronic infection or illness that prevents his hemoglobin from building up. Based on low-grade fever and high C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, I could infer al...  Read Full »

Why did my hemoglobin drop drastically?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had a Ferritin test done, and my iron was 38 ug/dL. My hemoglobin dropped from 12.4 gm/dL to 11.3 gm/dL. I feel chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, and low energy. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your hemoglobin is mildly low, and your iron saturation level is low. So, it is suggestive of iron deficiency anemia. It would help with further investigation on stool analysis and peripheral blood smear examination report. If you have any recent history of b...  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 Auradkar 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 »

What conditions can result in low levels of serum iron?

Query: Hi doctor, I had my hemoglobin, CBC, and iron test. The result indicates that I have low hemoglobin. However, my iron level is normal. I am confused about taking the next step. I have been eating spinach, beans, and red meat. Also, I am taking iron supplements. What to do further? Would you please ...  Read Full »


Dr. Veerendra Channabasappa Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is evident that you have low hemoglobin with low MCV (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Low MCV (mean corpuscular volume) means that your red blood cells (RBC) are small in size, which is more commonly seen in iron deficiency anemia. There are oth...  Read Full »

Do my mother's symptoms indicate stroke?

Query: Hi doctor, My 58 years old mother is under treatment for hypothyroidism, hypertension, osteoarthritis of knee joints, and mild anemia. Her hemoglobin is 10.5 to 11.0 g/dL. She is currently on the following medicines, Eltroxin 50 mcg, Olmezest 20 mg, Gemcal D3, Uprise XT, and Folvite. Six months back...  Read Full »


Dr. Shivam Om Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your question. You have described your mother's symptoms very well. The "reeling in the head and shaking" with change is position or posture is a typical symptom of orthostatic hypotension. There is an easy bedside test that you could also perfo...  Read Full »

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