Have you been feeling exhausted lately? Because you are too busy, of course! Or maybe you are just sleep-deprived!    

Iron deficiency is becoming more widespread.  Tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, and irregular or rapid heartbeat are common symptoms of iron deficiency. Added infection risk and headaches are two more side effects. Tiredness and irritability are two symptoms of iron deficiency in children. Other symptoms include unusual food preferences (such as dirt) and behavioral issues.

If you suspect you have an iron deficiency, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Iron deficiency, while easily treated, can be a warning indication of more severe conditions such as celiac disease (iron malabsorption) or colon cancer (micro-bleeding from a polyp or malignancy). See a doctor at an infusion center in Uptown, New York City, if you are anemic and can not take iron supplements orally. 

Why do we have an iron deficiency?

We develop iron deficiency when our iron needs or losses exceed the amount our bodies can absorb. Diet, gastrointestinal ailments, breastfeeding, menstruation issues, and medications are the only possible causes.

Haem iron and non-haem iron make up the dietary iron that humans need. The body more readily absorbs haem iron. Tea, coffee, or calcium supplements should be avoided after an iron-rich meal, and it is recommended that patients take foods high in Vitamin C with foods that contain iron to optimize absorption. The iron content of plant foods can be increased through cooking.

Restocking the metal supply

When dealing with iron deficiency, it is essential to address both the underlying cause and the symptoms. Iron can be replaced orally with tablets or liquid or intravenously with an iron infusion.

Iron infusions are helpful for patients who have gastrointestinal discomfort from oral iron supplements (such as cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and black stools).

Taking Into Account Iron Infusions

Patients with a history of response or hypersensitivity to Ferinject, any of its constituents, or any other form of iron should not get an iron infusion. Other forms of anemia not related to iron deficiency and iron overload (also known as hemochromatosis) rule infusions out as a treatment option.

If you are pregnant, nursing, or attempting to conceive, you and your doctor need to have a serious conversation about the safety of iron infusions, especially during the first trimester (up to 12 weeks).

Iron leakage into the tissues near the drip site may cause skin coloring (brown discoloration). The stain may be long-lasting or even permanent, which is unusual but possible.