Affecting over 20% of women and 3% of men, iron-deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia. Iron is important for overall function. It helps blood cells carry oxygen. It also helps maintain healthy cells, nails, skin, and hair. We get iron through diet. Below are signs of iron-deficiency anemia.
- Shortness of breath/chest pain that becomes more prominent with activity
- Unexplained weakness
- Unexplained fatigue or lack of energy
- Very pale skin
- Yellow “sallow” skin
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pounding in the ears
- Headaches that get worse with activity
- Craving ice
- Smooth tongue
- Brittle nails and hair loss
Typically, iron deficiency can be treated with dietary changes. If you suspect you have iron deficiency, please talk to your doctor about treatment options.