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Iron infusion

Iron infusion

Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron deficiency anemia occurs when the body does not have enough of the mineral iron and so it cannot produce enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Iron is required by the body to make hemoglobin which is the protein in your red blood cells that is responsible for carrying oxygen to the tissues. Having low hemoglobin means your body cannot get the amount of oxygen it needs.

​Many people may not even notice the symptoms of mild anemia until they have a routine blood test. Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include: General fatigue, Weakness, Fast heartbeat, chest pain or shortness of breath, Brittle nails, Pale skin, Infants and children may have a poor appetite, cold hands and feet, May have cravings for unhealthy substances such as ice, dirt or starch.

Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common causes of anemia. Many factors contribute to the development of iron deficiency anemia, they include: 

  • Poor oral iron intake (examples of iron-rich foods are meat, eggs and some green leafy vegetables)

  • Blood loss due to menstruation or pregnancy

  • Inability to absorb iron (this happens when you are affected by certain disorders like celiac disease or from surgeries that affect the intestines such as gastric bypass)

  • Internal bleeding in the body from medical conditions such as stomach ulcers, colon polyps or colon cancer. ​

​Iron deficiency anemia can occur in any age group. Particularly women of childbearing age, pregnant women, people who don’t eat foods rich in iron and children especially those born prematurely may be at greater risk.

​Iron deficiency anemia is diagnosed with a blood test. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Iron tablets may be prescribed to help improve the iron levels in the body. Your Doctor might suggest taking iron tablets with a source of vitamin C as it helps the body to absorb iron. An iron infusion may be recommended if tablets are ineffective or if a person develops side effects. Other treatment options include birth control pills in women to control blood loss from heavy menstrual bleeding, eating a healthy diet rich in iron-containing foods and most severe cases may need a blood transfusion.

What is an Iron Infusion?

If your dietary changes or iron tablets have not worked, or if they have caused adverse side-effects, you might be recommended to have an iron infusion. Iron infusions administer iron intravenously – directly into your bloodstream – typically over the course of three to four hours.

Our doctors will discuss the procedure with you, so you will know what to expect and how to prepare for it.

Iron infusions are an effective way to increase your iron levels quickly.

Patients who are iron deficient can have an iron infusion in our practice now.  You will need to bring your blood test results and consult one of our doctors prior to the infusion to get organized.