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How long does it take to cure anemia with assistance of iron supplement?


I have iron-deficiency anemia, my iron level is dangerously low (it's 8.5 and average is between 40-200), yesterday I went to the doctor and she gave me some special iron pills and told me to take them twice a day. With my current condition and taking these pills twice a day (with vitamin C pills), how long do you think it will take for my iron count to go up and my anemia symptoms to begin disappearing?

Thanks! :)
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usually your blood test will be repeated in 2 to 6 months. you should start to see an improvement slowly over the next weeks and months.  (+ info)

What is the life expectancy of someone with Sickle Cell Anemia?


For biology, I have to do a project on a genetic disease and my disease is Sickle Cell Disease or Sickle Cell Anemia. If anyone has this disease or knows Information that could help me, like what the life expectancy of someone with this disease or how it can be treated , what it is like every day, and some limitations a person has that would be very helpful!
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sickle-cell-anemia/DS00324  (+ info)

what can I do to help symptoms of Interferon treatment related anemia?


I have severe anemia from hepatitis c treatment (interferon). Been on interferon for 16 months and the virus is finally undetectable, but I have to be on the shots another two months. Extremely tired and feel sick all the time. Help !!!
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my brother did the shots and he felf the same way but after he was done it got better real fast but he did need meds for his throid the shot distroyed it now he is almost back to norm almost stay with it i am proud of you, it is a very hard thing to do  (+ info)

What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest to someone who has iron-deficiency anemia?


What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest to someone who has iron-deficiency anemia? What would you suggest to someone who has pernicious anemia?
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I have iron-deficient anemia and the nurse told me to stop drinking so much tea (b/c tea blocks iron absorbtion), eat more greens, fish, eggs, take vitamin B12 or iron.

not sure about the other.  (+ info)

Can you tell if you have anemia from the color of fingernails or the lining of the eye socket?


Or is there any other way to tell besides a blood test? Formerly I've had anemia that is not related to iron deficiency.
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You can see the lining of your eye sockets! Use your good eye to look for the one that fell out.

Sorry, I think you meant you sclera or cornea. The eye socket is the cavity that the orbit, eye ball, sits in.

You can try to guess from the symptoms, but a blood test is the only way to know within reasonable accuracy.  (+ info)

How long does it take for anemia to improve?


I have medication induced anemia. I no longer take the meds...how long should it take for me to not be anemic?
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It realy depends on how long u hav been takng medication,what kind of medicine and the degre of severity of anemia.If mild r moderate it wl take few weeks.Also depends on if u r takng good nutritonus diet and anti anemia preperatiƶns whch wl speed up ur recovery.It is a matter of few weeks.Meanwhile first thng is to discontinue previous medicine.  (+ info)

Is it possible to develop iron deficiency anemia, without having heavy menstrual periods?


Today I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. I can't seem to think of a reason for this, because I don't think I have heavy periods . Can anyone help me?
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Yes. Most women are a little bit anemic because of menstruation. For a woman who is naturally anemic menstruation can make it worse even if it isn't heavy. You just need to get more iron in your diet is all.  (+ info)

what is the best natural medicine for anemia?


I am anemic and wanted to know what would be the best and fastest working natural medicine for anemia.
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The first and most important thing if you are anemic is to discuss with your doctor as far as how much Iron you will need... some people need 20-30 mg per day to recover, but some people may need over 300 mg daily to recover. A simple blood test will say how much you'll need for how long.

Anemia is literally Iron deficiency, so the degree of that deficiency will determine your treatment. But regardless of the dosage the doctor recommends, it's also good to take a good dose of B-12 (1-5 mg, which is 1,000-5,000 mcg) daily. B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin, so you can take higher doses like that without a problem, but B-12 specifically helps your body to process and utilize Iron more efficiently so your body can catch up a little easier. Good luck!  (+ info)

What can you tell me about Sickle Cell Anemia?


I need to do a project on the genetic disease Sickle Cell Anemia. What can you tell me about it that would help?
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This is a genetic disease found in African populations. The normal shape of a red blood cell (rbc) is round. In sickle cell disease the cells are shaped like a sickle or crescent. Because they are oddly shaped they become "sticky" in a sense. They clump together in small blood vessels, which causes pain. The RBC's are also really prone to breakdown, which leaves a person with not enough RBC's causing anemia. Because the liver metabolizes dead RBC's it sometimes becomes overwhelmed by all the breakdown and so the person may have jaundice. These people are also at risk for strokes, as well as shortness of breath, blindness, pulmonary hypertension and organ failure. They are also prone to infection, so children are started on antibiotic therapy when they are about 2 months old until they are about 4 or 5 and their immune system becomes more able to handle infections.

As an interesting note, people with sickle cell anemia are immune to malaria, so case with milder symptoms may actually be beneficial in parts of Africa where malaria is endemic.

If you want a good website, go to www.mayoclinic.com and type sickle cell anemia in the search box. It's easy to follow and will probably give you most of the information you need for your report.  (+ info)

What is the specific gravity of the copper sulfate solution they test blood for anemia with?


Like when you go to a blood drive and they have to test you for anemia, I know they use a copper sulfate solution. But does anyone know the ratio of copper sulfate to water they use? (well I'm assuming it's just those two chemicals)
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The specific gravity is 2.28 (hydrated) 3.6 (anhydrous).  (+ info)

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