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Iron Deficiency Anemia

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is iron deficiency anemia (IDA)?

IDA means you have low red blood cell and hemoglobin levels. Hemoglobin is part of red blood cells and helps carry oxygen to your body. Iron helps make hemoglobin. IDA is caused by a lack of iron in the blood. Blood loss and not enough iron in the foods you eat are the most common causes of low iron.

What increases my risk for IDA?

What are the signs and symptoms of IDA?

How is IDA diagnosed?

How is IDA treated?

Treatment may take 3 to 6 months. You may need medicines and supplements to increase the amount of iron in your blood. Ask your healthcare provider how much iron you should take each day. A blood transfusion may be needed if your anemia is severe. This will help replace the blood and iron you have lost.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

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