This category is for questions about the lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin called anemia: its symptoms, causes, and treatment.

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Can anemia effect a pregnancy test?

Pregnancy tests measure the level of beta-HCG, a hormone present during pregnancy. This can be tested for in blood or, more commonly, in urine. A low hemoglobin in your blood will not affect this reading in either case.

Can low hemoglobin cause muscle pain?

Yes, low hemoglobin can cause muscle pain. Hemoglobin is a protein and is attached to red blood cells. Its job is to carry oxygen to the body's tissues. Without oxygen the tissues (including muscle) experience ischemia which is painful. Ischemia is what causes the pain a person has when they have a heart attack, for instance. So if a person's red blood cells are not carrying oxygen (because their hemoglobin levels are low enough), they would have muscle pain.

What causes warm antibody hemolytic anemia?

This condition occurs when the body produces autoantibodies that coat red blood cells. The coated cells are destroyed by the spleen, liver, or bone marrow.

What blood components decreased when you have anemia?

Decreased component depends on the type of anemia, but generally, anemia indicates a decrease in iron levels in the blood. However, you can have anemia with normal blood tests for iron.

What effects does anemia have on the body?

Anemia can affect the body in many different ways. Some of the ways it can affect is are: cold hands and feet, weakness, shortness of breath, constipation, diarrhea, splitting nails, racing heart, hair loss, and colds.

Will a tattoo affect sickle cell disease?

No, tattoos will not effect the disease. Just be sure to take your regular antibiotics if needed to prevent any infections.

Long-term effect on sickle cell anemia?

Premature death. People with sickle cell anaemia rarely reach adulthood.

What are the demographics of pernicious anemia?

Pernicious anemia is most common in patients of northern European descent and African Americans and less frequent in people of southern European descent and Asians. There is no sex predilection.

Is a hemoglobin count of 10.5 too low?

Well hemoglobin range is different for male and female.

Here is the Normal hemoglobin values that will help you decide

Male: 13.5 - 17 g/dl

Female: 12 - 15 g/dl

Is sickle cell anemia recessive or dominant?

Sickle cell anemia is an autosomal recessive disease. Carriers have sickle cell trait, which confers resistance to malaria.

Can English people carry Thalassemia?

As it is a genetic disorder, it is possible for any individual regardless of sex, race, or nationality to inherit Thalassemia. However, it is most commonly seen in the Mediterranean populace. In the case of those of European ancestry, the disorder is prevalent in Italians and Greeks.

What is iron deficiency anemia and how frequently does it occur?

Iron deficiency anemia means that you have low red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen and give you energy among other things. You know you have it when you get your hemoglobin checked (they prick your finger). It depends on the person, normally I think you have to take iron to fix it but as soon as you stop it will lower again. Unless it was just from a poor diet those past few days..

Can Sickle Cell Anemia spread?

No, Sickle Cell Anemia isn't contagious, is an inherited autosomal co-dominant genetic condition characterized by sickle (crescent) shaped red blood cells and chronic anemia caused by excessive destruction of red blood cells. It can only be inherited from parents.

What problems does anaemia cause?

Anemia can cause many different problems if left uncontrolled. Anemia is when there is not a lot of healthy red blood cells. Not having enough healthy red blood cells can lead to not having oxygen circulating your body. If your body is not getting enough oxygen circulating the body, it can lead to being fatigue and tired. In addition, if your body continues to make defective red blood cells, it can lead to spleen damage and liver damage. Anemia can be managed with iron or folic acid pills.

Why does anemia make people tired?

Anemia, meaning lack of blood, causes a person to have a fewer amount of blood cells. The few amount of blood cells means less oxygen and every part of your body needs oxygen in order to move or survive.

What are some natural and homeopathic treatments for anemia?

There are many different ways to treat anemia that are both natural and homeopathic. Anemia is often caused from a defficiency such as low iron. One natural home remedy is by eating a diet high in iron; things like liver and spinach.

What is a sickle cell crisis?

When cells don't form a membrane and are only half developed and then pass thus genetic information onto other cells...i think

Sickle cell anemia is a condition in which the red blood cells are misformed. Instead of being round and concave somewhat like a donut but without a hole, a sickled red blood cell looks more like a crescent moon. The problem with sickle cell anemia is that, because of the deformity, it is not able to carry as much heme therefore decreasing the amount of oxygen each red blood cell can carry. When individuals get into sickle cell crisis, the cells of their body are greatly deprived of oxygenated blood. They are usually dehydrated and thus the sickled cell has even more difficulty passing through the venous and arterial systems. This condition is extremely painful for the individual and they will need medical attention immediately.

Why do folic acid deficiency anemia does not cause a neurologic manifestation?

Uuuum....what? Do you mean "why would a lack of folic acid NOT cause nuerological problems" or do you mean why DOES it? Please clarify,as my friend is anxious to know the answer.

What do you do if you love someone and both of you have the thalassemia minor trait?

I knew that I have this trait but loved a girl who was incidently found to be a carrier when she got prgnant after our marriage. Any we got a haematologist's cosult and on his prescription my wife went under investigation for baby in her womb. And with 3rd baby al-hamdu-li-Allah all are normal for tests and one boy 7years and a girl 2years are active and healthy. Third one to be born in feb. 2005. Inshallah. I think this should be kept in mind that woman has to go under painful procedures and if Allah forbid baby is abnormal(ie Thalassemia Major) he or she has to be terminated before 12 week of gestational age to avoid the misserable life later on.For that you ought to be bold if you dare to marry. Happy marriage.

What can anemia do?

It makes you tired and weak

Anemia can also make it easier for you to bruise, and weaken your immune system.