Anaemia

In anaemia, either the number of red blood cells or amount of haemoglobin is lower than normal.

Overview

In anaemia, either the number of red blood cells or amount of haemoglobin is lower than normal. As a result, less oxygen can be carried through the body, which causes fatigue, paleness and rapid exhaustion. A balanced diet can prevent iron deficiency, the most common cause of anaemia.

Symptoms

Main symptoms

  • Shortness of breath during physical exercise; in severe cases, also while resting
  • Pale skin
  • Persistent fatigue

Other symptoms

Causes and treatment

Causes

Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital

Possible tests
  • Blood test (examination of blood cells, iron levels, etc.)
Possible therapies
  • Treatment of a deficiency (e.g. iron tablets)
  • Blood transfusion in severe cases

What can I do myself?

  • Balanced diet
    • Prevention of iron and vitamin deficiency (iron deficiency is most common)

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When to see a doctor?

Synonyms

Anaemia, haemoglobin

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