Anemia is perhaps the most recognizable of the blood disorders. Anemia is a blood disorder involving the lack of healthy red blood cells. It is the red blood cells that transport oxygen to the body and waste products out of the body.
When red blood cells lack hemoglobin, then your body will not have what it needs to function including iron. Lack of iron in your blood will lead to fatigue because your organs will lack sufficient supply of oxygen.
Individuals with anemia may also have a unusually rapid heart beat especially when they exercise. They may also experience difficulty when it comes to being able to concentrate. All of these symptoms are directly related to lack of sufficient iron in the red blood cells.
There is however more than one type of anemia.
Megaloblastic anemia is a failure of DNA synthesis, which results in a restructured cell division.
Microcytic anemia is a iron deficiency anemia which is very common. The RBCs look paler than usual and smaller than usual when viewed by using a microscope.
Normocytic anemia have a decreased level of Hb, but the red blood cell size remains normal.
Heinz body anemia is when there is an abnormality that forms on the cells which is usually seen when certain medications are taken.
Individual who suffer from anemia may also have pale skin, experience leg cramping and have trouble sleeping.
If the individual has anemia because of a lack of iron they may hunger for stuff like paper, ice or dirt. If you look at their nails they curve upwards known as koilonychias. They may also have cracks at the corners of the mouth which become dry and sore.
Did you know that you could also have anemia as a result of a deficiency of vitamin B-12?
If you experience a tingling, or “pins and needles” feeling in your hands or feet, have a lack of the sense of touch, feel that you are clumsy or stiff of the legs or arms, or others say that you are having hallucinations, are suffering from paranoia or schizophrenia you may be suffering from anemia and that is causing your symptoms.
The destruction of red blood cells can also cause anemia. Individuals with this type of anemia may have yellow eyes or skin, experience brown or red urine, develop leg ulcers, or develop gallstones.
Those who have sickle cell anemia will have an increased susceptibility to infection, possible delay in growth for children with this type of anemia, and episodes of severe pain in the abdomen, joints, or limbs.
If you have anemia and notice persistent fatigue, breathlessness, a rapid heart rate, poor diet, very heavy menstrual periods if female, or if you feel that perhaps you are having symptoms of complications such as colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, or ulcers you should contact your doctor immediately.
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