Other Potential Signs
Besides some common signs and symptoms discussed above, there are many other signs that indicate your iron levels could be low. These are less common and can be associated with many other health conditions other than anemia. These include:
A craving for foods or non-food items such as ice, clay, dirt, chalk or paper is called “pica” and it could be a sign of iron deficiency anemia. Strange cravings are most common in children, however, it can also occur during pregnancy.
Cold Hands and Feet
Anemia means limited oxygen is being transferred to the hands and feet. Due to this, some affected people have cold hands and feet or may feel the cold more easily in general.
More Frequent Infections
Some doctors called this symptom as “opportunistic infections“. These are the bacterial, viral or fungal infections that occur when your body’s immune system becomes weak and not able to defend invading pathogens. The reason why this happens in anemia is the deficiency of iron because iron is needed for the production of new red blood cells – means it is needed for a healthy immune system.
Anemia due to any cause affects hundreds of thousands of people around the globe and is more common than you might think. Most people, who don’t know the symptoms of anemia, simply ignored it or consider it less troubling. Consulting your doctor if you doubt that you might be experiencing anemia will make sure that you receive the right diagnosis through proper lab tests. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can help you get back on the track of optimal health.