Iron infusions for anemia
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Understanding the Iron Deficiency Anemia
Anemia is a condition when there is a decrease in the level of your blood haemoglobin (and thus RBC's). Haemoglobin is the red pigment in your red blood cells, which is responsible for carrying oxygen. Without adequate haemoglobin, the cells of your body don’t get the required oxygen. This leads to their death and necrosis.
Iron deficiency anemia occurs when your body does not have enough iron for the synthesis of haemoglobin. Because iron is essential for haemoglobin synthesis, any deficit in its levels leads to an iron deficiency anemia. It is perhaps one of the most common types of anemia, and you might have it without even knowing.
We bring together the best experts and consultants to implant quality healthcare with easy access. Our experts provide the best treatments for all kinds of disorders set in motion by iron deficiencies. Also, at our clinic, you get complete personalized aftercare plans and a consistent support until you are all fresh again.
Causes of Iron Deficiency Anemia
There are many causes of iron deficiency anemia. Most common of them include:
Inadequate Iron in Diet
Not taking the required amount of iron in your diet over a long period cause deficiency of iron and lead to anemia. Especially in pregnant women and children who require more iron as a result of rapid growth and development, inadequate intake can lead to anemia. It’s important to include high-iron foods such as eggs, meat and green vegetables in your meals to avoid any deficit.
Loss of blood as a consequence of internal bleeding can also breeze in an iron deficiency anemia. This blood loss can be due to ulcers in the stomach or perforation of the bowel etc.
Even as you take required amounts of iron in your diet, malabsorption can create an iron deficiency in your body. Diseases of the intestines (small intestine) such as celiac disease can decreased absorption of iron and fuel an iron deficiency anemia.
Blood Loss during Menstruation
Another popular cause of iron deficiency anemia in women is a heavy menstrual bleeding or excessive blood loss during childbirth.
Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia
The symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are very mild in the beginning. You don’t even know if you have an anemia. But once it gathers some pace, you likely experience symptoms such as:
Weakness and fatigue
Paleness of skin
Cravings for dirt, ice and clay
Shortness of breath
Headaches and cold hands
People at augmented risk for this type of anemia are pregnant women, children, vegetarians that do not have an iron-rich substitute for meat and frequent blood donors.
All you need to know about IRON INFUSIONS FOR ANEMIA
You may have other questions about the procedure that may not have been answered yet. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding iron infusions.
An iron infusion is a process in which iron is given to your body via a vein. Because the iron is delivered through a solution that flows down into your vein via a tube, it is also called an IV infusion.
Iron infusions are used to treat iron deficiencies. As iron is essential for formation of haemoglobin, lack of iron causes a decrease in haemoglobin production that leads to an iron deficiency anemia. This is manifested as weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, skin pallor, cold hands and a strange craving for non-food material such as dirt and clay etc.
The infusion begins with inserting a small tube called catheter via a needle into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle is then removed. The catheter is connected to a bag filled with an iron solution through a tube. Solution from the bag flows through the tube into your vein (infusion). The rate of infusion is adjusted according to the needs. A small test dose is infused prior to actual infusion to see if you develop any adverse effects.
The infusion normally takes about 3 to 4 hours. The slow rate makes sure you don’t develop any complications. It may even take longer in some cases. It depends upon the level of treatment required. Also, you require several infusions to restore adequate levels of iron. You are given these infusions over a course of a few weeks.
Yes, you might experience minor side effects such as altered taste, mild headache, nausea/vomiting, changes in blood pressure and heart rate etc. The only serious side effect is an anaphylactic shock that can tune in from an iron toxicity. But the test dose is given prior to actual infusion to avoid such a complication.
Iron infusion is a quicker way of restoring your iron levels as compared to iron supplements or dietary intake of iron. It plays a significant role in reverting symptoms for people who a severe iron deficiency anemia.
It does not take long at all. You can walk home as soon as your infusion is finished. You can even go to work if you like.
Treatments for Iron Deficiency Anemia
Iron infusion is a process in which iron is given to your body through veins (intravenous route) to reverse the symptoms of an iron deficiency. It is also known as an intravenous infusion and given to patients who:
Cannot take iron by the oral route
Have difficulty in absorbing iron due to a gut disease
Need immediate iron to avoid medical complications
Generally, treatments include adjusting diet and taking iron rich foods (if it is due to dietary insufficiency). In case your anemia is due to an underlying disease or internal bleeding, our doctors address the root cause too. Meanwhile, they prescribe iron infusions to quickly revert and treat iron deficiency anemia.
How we perform Iron Infusions for Anemia
An iron infusion is a quicker way to restore your iron levels than iron supplements and dietary changes. It is particularly useful in situations where the anemia is severe. Also, it makes sure you feel energetic and good to breathe soon after your final treatment. For people who face a chronic loss of blood, iron infusion can have benefits ranging from months to even years.
Preparation for an Iron Infusion
If you don’t know how to prepare for an iron infusion, don’t worry. Our doctors will guide you completely prior to your infusion. You can have your breakfast, lunch or meals before an infusion. Iron infusion does not require fasting. If you are on some medicines, you can take them as usual too. It's important to be mentally prepared for an IV line being inserted into your arm or hand. Also, you should be aware of how to call for help if you face any problem during the infusion.
If you have anxiety issues, try wearing loose clothes for your infusion. You can also employ listening to music to reduce your anxiety and nervousness.
Procedure for The Infusion
Our experts begin with inserting a tube called a catheter into your arm or hand. They do so with the help of a needle. The needle is then removed, and the tube left as such. The catheter is connected to a bag via a long tube. The bag contains iron, which is diluted with saline. The iron solution slowly flows from the bag through the tube into your vein. A small bulb on the catheter adjusts the infusion rate.
Our experts also assess you with a test dose to see if you develop any adverse effects. If you do, they stop the procedure there and then.
Duration of An Iron Infusion
An iron fusion usually takes 3 to 4 hours. It can even take longer for some people. The rate of infusion is kept slower to avoid any complications. Also, you need several infusions to restore your iron to adequate levels. So, you are given multiple infusions over a course of days or weeks. It all depends on your deficit in iron and the desirable levels for your body.
Side Effects and Recovery
Recovery from an infusion is very quick. You can walk your way home after an infusion or even go to work right away. However, you might experience side effects such as altered taste, mild headaches, nausea/vomiting and changes in blood pressure and heart rate.
The only serious side effect is an anaphylactic shock that might result due to iron toxicity. But our doctors assess you with a test dose to make sure this never happens.
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