Iron Defeciency Anemia

About "Iron Defeciency Anemia"

Anemia that results from a deficiency of iron in the body is called iron-deficiency anemia. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, so iron deficiency affects the production of hemoglobin. The symptoms include weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, tongue swelling, brittle nails, and irregular heartbeats.

Related Terms: Iron Supplement, Low Hemoglobin, Iron-rich Foods, Folic Acid, Hemoglobin, Anaemia, Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Recently Answered Questions

I have fever and gurgling sensation near the liver area. Please advise.
Query: Hello doctor,I am having a persistent fever of 99.5 since one and a half months and gurgling sensation near the liver area. I also had slight burning sensation when passing urine. I am hypothyroid since 10 years, on 50 mcg. I am also pre-diabetic. I was asked to do CBC, liver panel test, thyroid tes...  Read Full »
Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have low hemoglobin and low T4 which meant you are having iron deficiency and your dose of Thyronorm is low although TSH is normal. Ideally, when TSH is normal T3 and T...  Read Full »
During heavy workouts my heart rate goes beyond 200. Is it normal?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 47-year-old female, 1.64 m and 67 kg. My heart rate is 52 beats a minute when I wake up in the morning. During the day, my resting heart rate is 75 to 82 beats/minute. When I do a 5 km (37 min) walk, it is 195 to 200, and during a high-intensity exercise, it will go as hig...  Read Full »
Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The whole picture is of exercise intolerance as you should not have a rate of 200 plus when you exercise. The main cause is anemia here. So, you have to rectify that before commencing any sort of exercise program. Also, the muscle soreness you experience is probably d...  Read Full »
Can you see the attached CBC report, and let me know if there is anything serious ?
Query: Hi doctor, My wife's iron and ferritin were low, so the doctor ordered CBC. CBC showed low WBC, high monocytes, and high RBC, which is what made us scared. She has schistocytes and elliptocytes among other RBC morphologies. We read about it and are very worried, and she had a C-section three years...  Read Full »
Dr. Parth R Goswami
Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your wife's reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The report shows schistocytes, which are fragmented RBC (red blood cell), commonly seen in hemolytic anemia. So, to rule out hemolysis, serum LDH (lactate dehydrogenase), ret...  Read Full »
What is the maximum iron intake for a man?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 year old male, who is 1.8 m tall, and I weigh 106 kg. I have a problem recently. I went to a dentist for an abscess, and I had blood a bit removed, so I felt a bit weak. And finally some days after, I felt I needed iron supplements. I took one 100 mg and then took another 100...  Read Full »
Dr. Shobhit Shah
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To know about iron overload, get serum ferritin and iron levels checked. In iron-deficiency, an elementary iron of 100 to 200 mg per day is advised. In a normal person, daily allowance is hardly 25 mg per day. You just stop your iron supplements and have these tests...  Read Full »
What does the value of Mentzer's index 21 indicate?
Query: Hi, I am 5 months pregnant and my reports say that Mentzer's index is 21. Will it affect my baby?  Read Full »
Dr. Nadia Khan
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Menterz index 21 means that you have iron deficiency anemia. Yes, it can affect your baby in certain ways if you do not seek medical advice. Anemia may lead to smaller babies, growth restricted babies and also preterm labor ( labor before due date) which can result i...  Read Full »
How can I increase iron absorption?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41-year-old woman with low iron (just above being clinically anemic). I have always eaten lots of wild red meat (moose, bison, caribou, dall sheep) and I do not seem to be absorbing enough iron. I have been taking 300 mg elemental iron supplement per day for seven months with m...  Read Full »
Dr. Parth R Goswami
Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have taken treatment for iron deficiency for seven months. It is enough time to raise your hemoglobin level and iron level. So now you have to check your hemoglobin level, serum ferritin level and TIBC level to rule out iron deficiency anemia. If these values are a...  Read Full »
Does overweight rule out the possibility of celiac?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a concern about my cholesterol levels and the possibility of an underlying condition. I am a 37 year old female with uncharacteristically low cholesterol. I donate blood regularly which gives me the opportunity to have my total cholesterol level tested. About a year ago, I creat...  Read Full »
Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I welcome you and want to assure you need not worry as everything is going to be fine if proper care and treatment is opted in for. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns.  Read Full »
I had tachycardia after a heavy period. Why?
Query: Hello doctor,Last month, I did a health check-up and everything was fine. Later, I had my cycle a little heavy compared to my regular one. I felt quite weak. I went for an ECG in a local diagnostic center. It showed tachycardia and an early transition posterior infarct. I am very prone to anxiety. P...  Read Full »
Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the limited details on this case that I have, it seems you are worried about the finding on the EKG (electrocardiogram) as early transition infarct of the posterior wall.  As you had a recent heavy menstrual bleed and you were feeling sick, that is ...  Read Full »
Is it good to take Orofer XT for low Hb levels instead of Fersolate?
Query: Hi doctor, I was prescribed with tablet Fersolate, which is not available, for the low HB levels. I am attaching the reports. Can I replace it with Orofer XT? If yes, please tell the dosage.  Read Full »
Dr. Parth R Goswami
Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you can replace it with Orofer XT (Folic acid and Ferrous Ascorbate). It is a perfect drug for iron deficiency anemia as it contains Ferrous Ascorbate. Initially, you can take this tablet two times a day. Then after a few days, you can replace it with a once daily ...  Read Full »
Please suggest medicines for parameters out of range in the blood test.
Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 36 years old. In one of her routine blood tests, we found a few anomalies. The report is attached. Please let me know your thoughts on the parameters that are out of range in the report and suggest medicines.  Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have checked the attached photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Firstly, urine analysis shows pus cells which points to urinary tract infection. Please let me know if she has any painful urination or frequency. Secondly, the CBC (complete blood...  Read Full »


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