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Low Iron

Low iron in the body causes iron deficiency anemia. It occurs due to deficient iron stores in the body. It often occurs due to diet deficiency with iron, chronic blood loss, pregnancy, and vigorous exercise. The symptoms are tiredness, pallor, fatigue, dizziness, and dry skin. Taking iron supplements helps in managing it.

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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 »

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 low iron levels. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 20 years old and seems to have low iron. My friend said it is called iron-deficiency anemia. What does this mean for her health? How can we treat it? Are there foods she should eat, or does she need medicine? Her periods are regular. However, she appears pale and tired al...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Iron deficiency is a type of anemia in which there is low iron due to hemoglobin levels being low as well in the body. Due to that, your daughter’s body is pale. It is treated with iron tablets or supplements....  Read Full »

Iron Deficiency Cause a Pain around the Belly Button

Query: Hello doctor,A few days ago one of my female friends had pain around the belly button. She went to a physician and was told that it could be because of a decrease in iron in the blood. Does iron deficiency relate to pain near the stomach? What can be the other causes?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it can be related. One of the causes of a low hemoglobin count is low iron in the body, which may occur either due to inadequate diet or excessive loss from the stools or menstruation. There are multiple causes, and we need to confirm it by hemoglobin level, ser...  Read Full »

Can ITP cause low hemoglobin and iron levels in my daughter?

Query: Hello doctor,My 21-year-old daughter suffered from ITP, two years back. Her hemoglobin and iron are low again, so she started taking Orofer. Her hemoglobin is 10.3 g/dL and her iron is 25. The platelet count is fine. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to the history provided, it is a case of anemia. Here hemoglobin level is low and serum iron level is also low. Hence, it is suggestive of iron-deficiency anemia. But for proper workup, I need to know peripheral smear examination report with CBC (complete blo...  Read Full »

I have a sore throat and low iron levels. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 47-year-old female and I was unwell last week. My WBC count was 22000 per microliter, and my urine and chest X-ray reports were clear. I had a sore throat and got treated with 2000 mg Penicillin a day for a week. Blood was taken a week later and WBC is still elevated. My iron le...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Your total WBC count was high and you were having acute bacterial pharyngitis infection. The antibiotic has been prescribed and now you are improving, hence it shows the antibiotic is working. Your WBC count will ...  Read Full »

Are my iron and ferritin levels low due to Azithromycin or heavy menstrual flow?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to ask you something just to be sure. This month I used Azithromycin 500 mg for three days due to my vaginal problems. I used probiotics as well, with time gaps between antibiotics and probiotics, of course. When I stopped with antibiotics, I have continued my probiotics ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Azithromycin is not associated with any lower hemoglobin levels. It might be due to some other reason. You need to start on some iron supplements. Sometimes, in spite of taking an iron-rich diet, its absorption is lowered due to faulty diet habits like taking iron-ri...  Read Full »

My father is losing blood without a cause. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 67 years old. He is suffering from loss of blood without knowing him. What will be the cause? They have consulted a local physician, and he said nothing to worry about it. But, he did not give any cause of it. Please help me to understand the cause and necessary treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Loss of blood can stem from various factors. Gastrointestinal bleeding, for instance, might manifest as black, tarry, malodorous stools, even in small quantities. However, absence of these symptoms doesn't exclude the possibility. A stool test for occult blood is advisab...  Read Full »

I am a 28-year-old with a low level of iron in my blood. Despite taking medications the levels are low. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 28 years old girl and have problems with iron in my blood. My iron levels are too low. I have taken the medication but this state of low iron is repeated for me every six months until now. Please help me with what to do.   Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to According to reports, (attachment remove to protect patient's identity) it seems to be iron deficiency anemia like the picture as serum ferritin, iron, HB (hemoglobin), and MVC (mean corpuscular volume) are all low. So for that ferrous sulfate tablets should be ...  Read Full »

I have muscle pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, mild vertigo, gastritis, and constipation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My recent blood tests show high homocysteine and low ferritin, vitamin B12, folate, methylmalonic acid, iron, TIBC, and transferrin saturation are normal. My symptoms are muscle pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, and mild vertigo. I have a history of gastritis and constipation. Can y...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Low ferritin is suggestive of a decrease in iron storage. So for that, hemoglobin value also should be known. If hemoglobin is also low, then your symptoms can be due to iron deficiency anemia. I suggest taking iro...  Read Full »

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