What to Expect From Iron Infusions

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Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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Iron is a chemical element that is plentiful in many of the foods we eat every day. But if you’re not getting enough iron in your diet, or if you have certain medical conditions that can cause your iron levels to be low, you could develop a condition called iron-deficiency anemia. This type of anemia is the most common form of anemia worldwide, and it can cause significant symptoms that negatively impact your quality of life.

Normally, iron enters your body through the foods you eat. After your food is broken down by your digestive system, iron is absorbed into your bloodstream by certain cells in your small intestine. After it’s absorbed, iron is used by your bone marrow to produce new red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your body’s tissues. If you don’t have enough iron in your system, you could develop iron-deficiency anemia, which can make it difficult for your body to get the oxygen it needs. In most cases, this type of anemia is mild and easily correctable, but you may need further treatment if your condition is more severe.

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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