What are the Symptoms of Anemia?
Anemia is a medical condition wherein there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells which leads to their inefficiency to carry oxygen to various tissues. Lack of oxygen tends to make a person feel exhausted. Do you suspect the same for yourself or a family member? Then you must skim through this list of the symptoms of anemia. If you nod with a ‘yes’ for almost all of these symptoms, do visit a medical professional soon.
- Pale skin
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Cold feet and hands
- Loss of energy
- Shortness of breath
- Cramps, especially in the legs
- Difficulty in concentration
Specific forms of anemia show symptoms other than these. For example, a person suffering from anemia due to iron deficiency tends to feel hungry for strange things like dirt or paper or ice. On the other hand, anemia caused due to vitamin B12 deficiency causes hallucinations, schizophrenia, and difficulty in walking. There are several other symptoms of anemia as well.
Anemia affects the fairer sex in different ways. Some women tend to notice difficult PMS, very heavy menstrual flow and persistent tiredness. Women who are planning to conceive have to be extra careful since anemia can be caused during pregnancy. It can also affect the fetus.