- Headache and Loss of appetite
- Weakness and Fatigue
- Hemoglobin level below normal
- Swelling around eyes
- Giddiness and Whitish tint on skin or nails & eyes
- Palpitations and Sleeplessness
- Pale skin
- Chest pain and Irregular heart beat
Anemia - Overview
Anemia means absence of blood and refers to reduction of hemoglobin level in the body. Normal hemoglobin level in adult females is between 12 to 16 g/dl while in adult males is between 14 to 18 g/dl. When hemoglobin level falls below the minimum range, anemia ensues. An Anemic person’s blood is not able to carry enough oxygen to the rest of body.
Causes of Anemia
Diminished production, increased destruction and severe loss of red blood cells lead to anemia. Deficiency of iron, vitamins B12, C, thyroxine & folate results in lack of RBC production while various toxins, infections, antibodies and congenital structural abnormalities lead to their increased destruction. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, intestinal worms, cancers, liver & kidney diseases and excessive bleeding can cause anemia.