What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Anemia?
Anemia usually takes time to set in, its symptoms do not appear straight away, that is why it is important to know what the symptoms are, this way you can get treatment straight away. Here are some of the main symptoms of anemia.
Headaches Although headaches are very common in a variety of alignments they are a big part of anemia. If you have frequent headaches it is always best to get it checked out even if the cause is not anemia.
Shortness Of Breath When there isn’t enough oxygen in your blood you start to get short of breath, simple tasks might wear you out and exercise is not possible anymore.
Pale skin Blood gives the skin a flushed tone to it, when there aren’t enough red blood cells the skin starts turn pale, the skin may also be dry and flaky.
Weakness When your body is not getting enough oxygen it starts to become weak, the muscles have to fight a lot harder to work.
Fatigue You may feel tired and worn out at the slightest bit of exercise, even everyday tasks seem impossible to complete.
Cold Hands and Feet Your body will only send blood where it really needs to, it starts to neglect the limbs to keep the vital organs functioning properly.
Restless Legs Syndrome RLS is common among anemia sufferers, it is when you legs hurt during sleeping hours. You may get an unpleasant feeling in them which stops when you move your legs, this can cause difficulty sleeping and waking in the night.
Pica You may start to crave non foods such as dust, coal or dirt.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Heavy bleeding during menstruation is something to worry about if you are prone to getting anemic. It can cause loss of a lot of red blood cells which are essential to the body.
Poor Diet Lack of iron in the diet is a huge factor in why people become anemic, analyze your diet and see where you can add more iron into it. Try to track what you eat and how you can improve.
Frequent Infections Your immune system may get low when you are anemic, you start to get infections more easily. Even a cold can affect your body quite seriously.
Who is most at risk?
Infants When a child is growing up they are more likely to lack the sufficient iron they need to grow. It is often more common in developing countries but is getting increasingly common in the USA.
Women Due to the fact women menstruate and can lose a lot of blood they are more prone to becoming anemic. During pregnancy women need twice the amount of iron to account for the growing baby.
Adults with Internal Bleeding Bleeding internally can cause a lot of blood lose, this is usually down to stomach ulcers. The body cannot produce enough red blood cells to keep up with what it is losing, so the body become anemic.