The symptoms of iron deficiency are tiredness, lack of stamina, headaches, insomnia, breatlessness and loss of appetite.
The various signs are listed below.
- Lack of energy, general tiredness, fatigue, weakness.
- Pale skin, nails due to less red pigment from the blood under the skin as a result of fewer red blood cells in the body. The underneath of the lower lid of the eye becomes pale. It should be reddish.
- Finger nails become thin, brittle and white.
- Reduction in immunity and frequent infection.
- Rapid heart beat.
- Sore tongue or mouth, indicating vitamin B group deficiencies
- Shortness of breath during exercise or stair climbing. This is because there is not enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to your body, and you breath harder to try and get more oxygen.
- Dizziness on standing and/or fainting due to a lack of blood supply to the brain.
- A desire to eat dirt, ice or paint.
- Disturbed sleep.
- Low blood pressure with its value changing from sitting to standing up.
- Severe menstrual pain and bleeding in women.
Health risk of too much iron
Iron deficiency anemia
Causes of iron deficiency
Causes of Iron deficiency in children
Iron rich foods
Iron in Beef, Chicken, Oyster, Clam, Turkey, Pork
Iron foods for pregnant women
The symptoms of iron deficiency in children
- Behavioral problems. Irritability.
- Reduction in immunity and repeated infections.
- Slow body growth.
- Decreased appetite. Strange craving for eating dirt, ice, paint, etc. A condition called pica.
- Increased sweating
Note that these symptoms may be due to other health problems.
If you have any of these symptoms, seek advise from your doctor before taking any iron pills. If you have iron deficiency, and advised to take iron supplements, then you should keep in mind that iron supplements may be fatal for adults when taken in doses of 200-250 mg/kg of body weight.