If youâ€™re reading this, you might be asking yourself â€œAm I anemic?â€
What does being anemic actually mean?
The definition of anemic is,
â€œSuffering from anemia. Colorless, bloodless, pale, pallid, pasty-faced, sickly, weak, lacking in color, spirit, or vitality.â€
Anemia happens when your body doesnâ€™t produce enough red blood cells. When you donâ€™t produce enough red blood cells, you donâ€™t get enough oxygen which results in feeling severely fatigued and can cause serious health complications.
Anemia is also referred to as having low iron or poor blood.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Cold hands and feet
- Racing or irregular heartbeat
- Inability to concentrate or think clearly
- Chest pain
- Sexual dysfunction
Are these traits sounding familiar?
If yes, you might be anemic.
In order to be diagnosed as anemic you usually undergo the following:
- A blood test that measures all the different components of your blood
- Medical and family history (genetic or illness)
- A physical exam showing your breathing and heartbeat
- Other blood tests to show iron count or vitamin deficiencies to look more closely at the red blood cells
If you are diagnosed as anemic, it means that your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body.
Common causes for becoming anemic is not having enough iron in your body. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, which is an iron-rich protein that gives the red color to blood and it carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
Treatment for being anemic
After being diagnosed from your doctor with anemia, there are a lot different treatments and procedures that can occur.
The overall goal with treatment is to increase the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry.
#1. Dietary Changes and Supplements
- Getting more iron in foods such as meats, dark green leafy veggies, peas, lentils, dried fruits, prune juice, etc.
- Taking an iron supplement
- Taking vitamin B-12 supplement
- Eating breakfast cereals with vitamin B-12, fish, beef, eggs, and dairy products
- Getting more folic acid into your body (this is a form of vitamin B thatâ€™s found in foods)
- Intaking vitamin C because it helps the body absorb iron.
- Antibiotics to treat infections
- Man-made version of erythropoietin to stimulate your body to make more red blood cells
- Preventative medicines to help the body to not destroy its immune system
- Taking chelation (therapy for lead poisoning)
- Blood transfusions
- Blood and marrow stem cell transplant
- Surgery to control ongoing bleeding due to stomach ulcer or colon cancer
Treatments will depend on what kind of anemia you have. Some forms are more severe than others.
Still questions if you are anemic?
If there is any possibility of being anemic, call your doctor today and schedule to be tested for anemia today.
Not sure if your anemic? Call MedHealth Urgent Care today. They can help advise if you should pursue being tested for anemia.
Call MedHealth Urgent Care, (334) 229-9955