What is anemia?
Anemia or erythrocytopenia is a disease in which the human body lacks enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to body organs. Anemic refers to a person who has developed anemia.
Anemia can be mild or severe, and it can last for a short period or for a long period.
Treatments for anemia range from taking supplements to having medical procedures and eating a healthy and diverse diet.
What are the many forms of anaemia?
- Aplastic anemia: body ceases to create enough red blood cells.
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Sickle cell anemia: an inherited abnormality of the red blood cells
- Thalassemia: destruction and weakening of red blood cells
- Pernicious anemia: due to vitamin B12 deficiency
How can one know if has anemia?
Anemia symptoms vary, depending upon the cause and severity of anemia, and sometimes one might have any manifestations.
- Pale and yellowish skin
- Irregular heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Stiff hand and feet
- Chest pain
What may cause anemia?
- reduced synthesis of red blood cells
- increased red blood cell disintegration