My symptoms are shortness of breath, dizziness, headache and fatigue. Can you advise on the type of anemia and treatment?


The symptoms that you have described are common to almost every type of Anaemia and so I suggest that you visit a doctor as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. There are various types of anaemia and each one has its individual causes and treatments.

Anaemia occurs when the amount of red blood cells is abnormally low. Red blood cells contain haemoglobin which is responsible for the supply of oxygen to the body. If there are fewer red blood cells there is obviously less haemoglobin. This means that the various organs and tissues in your body are not receiving a sufficient amount of oxygen. This prompts your lungs (and heart) to function at an abnormally elevated rate to compensate for the lack of oxygen. This is why you find yourself short of breath and dizzy.

The body requires iron vitamin B12 and folic acid to produce red blood cells. Therefore a decrease or lack of any of these will lead to anaemia. The most commonly found type of anaemia is iron deficiency anaemia. This deficiency can occur if the body loses blood at a very rapid rate as in the case of stomach ulcers or an unusually heavy menstrual flow. A diet low in iron can also be responsible for anaemia. Along with taking Iron supplements, an anaemic patient is generally urged to have foods that are high in iron.

answered by G R

Anemia advice and treatment

Although the symptoms you describe are some of those associated with anaemia, it would be more appropriate if you were to get a medical examination by a good doctor and determine that your symptoms are actually associated with anaemia and nothing else. This is necessary because the symptoms you describe could actually be attributed to something else just as easily. In case you do have anaemia, you would need to follow a dedicated course of treatment as well as the home remedies that would easily be able to help you out.

You must increase your intake of foods rich in vitamin C, as this is one nutrient that will help with iron absorption in your body. This would include citrus fruits, which can be had in juice or full form. You must also cut back on your intake of tea and coffee and all caffeine-related substances, since these will hinder iron absorption. Smoking also hinders iron absorption, so it must be stopped. Another simple measure to make certain you get your share of iron is to try and cook in iron utensils. This is also considered to be one of the healthiest and most hygienic ways of adsorbing iron in your body.

answered by G M

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