What is Anemia?
Anemia is a type of red blood cell disorder in which the body lacks healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to your organs. Many types of anemia exist.
What Causes Anemia?
Generally, anemia occurs as a result of the following:
- Blood loss
- Decreased or faulty red blood cell production
- Destruction of red blood cells
Because anemia refers to a wide range of anemic conditions, the cause will depend on the type. Some common types include iron-deficiency anemia, sickle cell anemia, and pernicious anemia. All anemic conditions result in reduced oxygen to your body's organs.
What are the Symptoms of Anemia?
Symptoms of anemia vary on the type, but the most common symptoms include:
- Skin pallor
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate or palpitations
- Brittle nails
What is the Treatment for Anemia?
Treating anemia will depend on the underlying diagnosis. Your doctor may recommend taking iron supplements if you have an iron deficiency. You may need a blood transfusion if you suffer from anemia due to blood loss. Other medications may help with the reproduction of healthy red blood cells. Your doctor may recommend Infusion Therapy to help treat anemia.
If left untreated, anemia can cause serious, long-lasting damage to your organs. Consult your doctor if you think you may be anemic.