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Iron deficiency anaemia


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Common symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia include tiredness, shortness of breath, noticeable heartbeats and pale skin.

A GP will ask you about your lifestyle and medical history, and do a blood test to find out if you have iron deficiency anaemia.

Treatment for iron deficiency anaemia includes taking iron tablets for about 6 months. You may get side effects from the tablets.

Eating foods that are rich in iron such as dark-green, leafy vegetables and dried fruit can help with iron deficiency anaemia.

Common causes of iron deficiency anaemia include pregnancy, heavy periods and conditions that cause blood loss.

If iron deficiency anaemia is not treated, it can increase your risk of getting infections, heart and lung conditions and pregnancy complications.

Iron deficiency anaemia is where your body does not produce enough red blood cells because the level of iron in your blood is too low.

Page last reviewed: 26/01/2024
Next review due: 26/01/2027