See Your ENT Specialist About Anemia

Anemia is a condition of the body that results in not having enough red blood cells to properly function. The results are often exhaustion or fatigue. In some cases, you body may actually begin to destroy red blood cells. Anemia is a serious health concern, and fighting back against it requires special care. You might not understand how your symptoms reflect the medical condition of anemia, especially because you might just feel as if you have a cold or flu sometimes. These factors may help to eliminate anemia from taking over your health.

Nutritional Factors of Anemia

One way that people treat their anemia is to increase their intake of iron carefully and slowly. Taking too much iron has some side effects, including nausea, constipation, and heartburn. It is best to obtain iron through your diet, and this should include eating more beef, liver, poultry, seafood, fortified breads, legumes, dried fruit, and spinach.

You should also consider taking Vitamin B12. If you don't take B12 in a capsule form, you can also ingest more eggs, milk, fish, poultry, and cheese.  

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol stops your body from producing much needed blood cells, and it can also influence the creation of defective ones. Repetitive and heavy drinking can cause significant damage to your health. Women should have no more than one drink per day, on average, and men shouldn't have more than two drinks to be moderate consumers of alcohol.

Consider Blood Transfusion in a Severe Case

In severe cases, a doctor may recommend that you undergo a blood transfusion. This is only for severe cases of iron deficiency, as the process involves matching the transfusion recipient's blood with the donor blood. The good thing about receiving a blood transfusion is that it treats the condition immediately. The bad thing is that it is a short-term treatment.

It is important to understand the symptoms of anemia, which can be hard to identify if you have only a mild case. Fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath are common side effects, especially when the muscles are not getting the oxygen they need. You may notice that your skin is pale or that you become dizzy quickly.

Ultimately, the only way to ensure that you are treating anemia carefully and completely is to speak with your doctor, such as one at Frederick ENT Group. Your ENT specialist may refer you to somebody else to handle treatment depending on the severity of the condition; however, this diagnosis is critical in helping you manage the condition.