Overview Of Anemia
Anemia is an absence of red blood cells. These cells are significant because they transmit oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. It’s important to discover and treat the source of the anemia, as well as the anemia itself.
Symptoms And Signs of Anemia
- If you have anemia, you will feel exhausted and loss of breath, even when doing things you could generally do before with no trouble.
- You might also have a rapid or uneven heartbeat, appear pale, suffer from cold feet or hands, feel faint or have trouble thinking.
- It’s vital to see your GP if you have any of these signs.
Causes Of Anemia
You can develop anemia if you:
- Don’t make sufficient healthy red blood cells – this can be because of a hereditary illness, a deficiency of vitamins or iron in the diet, or possibly bone marrow illness.
- Depleting red blood cells through blood loss, whether that be over a longer period, a quick bleed or one so slow you weren’t even aware of it.
- Have a disease that kills red blood cells.
Identification of Anemia
- If you have anemia, your GP will chat to you and assess you to determine how serious the anemia is, and what the reason could be.
- You may be asked to have more assessments, depending on what your GP has observed when assessing you.
Treatment of Anemia
The treatment is subject to the cause. But there are generally two parts:
- Managing the anemia itself.
- Managing the cause.
How To Prevent Anemia
You can decrease your chances of getting anemia by:
- Eating a nutritional diet.
- Seeing your GP if you are feeling exhausted.
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