If you have recently been diagnosed with anemia, then you should absolutely follow the directions of your health care practitioner. Make sure you fill – and take --- any and
all prescriptions for supplements she writes for you. Make sure you keep all your visits for any injections she may need to give you.
Depending on the type of anemia you have, your health care practitioner will have you taking iron supplements as well as B-12 either the liquid or through injections. If your anemia is due to a deficiency of either B12 or folic acid, you can be sure that you'll be taking both of those. In addition to iron, your red blood cells are in critical need of many of the B-complex vitamins. These vital to the manufacture of new red blood cells. They therefore are instrument in providing your body with the energy it needs to get through the day.
If your anemia is due to an iron deficiency, your health care practitioner may prescribe doses of therapeutic iron preparations. Usually the dose is calculated on your current iron content. Most commonly health care practitioners prescribe between 50 and 100 mg of iron three (3) times a day. It'll take about a month before you'll notice an improvement in your energy level.
If your anemia is due to a chronic disease, there's no specific treatment. Your health care practitioner will concentrate her treatment on alleviating the underlying disease. More than likely, neither iron nor vitamin supplements will help. If the anemia becomes severe, however, you may need to undergo a blood transfusion. Your health care practitioner may decide that you need an injection of synthetic erythropoietin. This is a hormone normally produced by the kidneys. It may help to stimulate red blood cell production and ultimately help ease the fatigue of anemia.
There's also a type of anemia known as aplastic. This occurs when the bone marrow itself under produces all three types of blood cells: the red blood, white blood cells and platelets. The reduced number of red blood cells causes the hemoglobin to drop. The lowering of the white blood cells makes you more vulnerable to infection. And then the reduce number of platelets prevents the blood from clotting as it should.
Since there is no one cause for aplastic anemia – and in many cases no cause at all can be found – this is a very difficult anemia to treat. In fact, in some cases, you may discover that a blood transfusion is the only treatment option. This would certainly be the case if your blood cannot manufacture any red blood cells.
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