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Understanding Iron Deficiency Anemia


Iron Deficiency Anemia Can Be Treated:
Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

Iron deficiency anemia is surprisingly common among women, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. The problem is that many women assume that it’s normal to feel tired, weak, or irritable, thinking it's normal when you have a busy life. But iron deficiency anemia is not normal, and so many people are suffering in silence.

Take a look at the following list. If you have been experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you should visit your healthcare professional. If you are diagnosed with anemia, there are treatments available to help correct and manage it. If you don’t get treatment, your iron deficiency anemia will not go away—in fact, your symptoms are likely to become worse.

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale skin
  • Brittle nails
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Numbness or coldness in your hands and feet
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Loss of concentration
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Decreased work or school performance
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Sore or swollen tongue
  • Decreased immune function
  • Impaired wound and tissue healing
  • A desire to eat peculiar substances, such as dirt or clay
    (a condition called pica)