Know the Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia


Chris Iliades, MD

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You need iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein your red blood cells need to carry oxygen to all the cells of your body. If you have iron-deficiency anemia, your red blood cells are not carrying enough oxygen. Since all your cells need oxygen to function, iron-deficiency anemia can have many signs and symptoms.

It’s possible to have mild iron-deficiency anemia without any symptoms. When you do get symptoms, fatigue, or feeling very tired is the most common because your body is getting less oxygen and everything slows down. There are several other symptoms and signs your doctor may look for. Some of the symptoms may be surprising, and complications of iron-deficiency anemia can be severe and long-lasting.

Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. Learn these interesting facts about the condition.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 4, 2017

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