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Anaemia / anemia

What is anemia?

Types of anemia

Symptoms of anemia

Causes of anemia

Prevention / remedies / treatment for anemia


What is anaemia?

Anaemia is a condition in which there are not enough red blood cells in the blood, or these red blood cells are not carrying oxygen properly. The haemoglobin in red blood cells carries oxygen from the lungs to capillaries all around the body. With anaemia, there is not enough healthy haemoglobin to carry oxygen around the body to supply the organs. This chronic lack of oxygen has a wide range of clinical consequences.

Anaemia is the most common disorder of the blood.

Types of anaemia

Symptoms of anaemia

Causes of anaemia

Prevention / remedies / treatment for anaemia

It is important that the cause of the anaemia (and whether the ailment is actually anaemia) is identified before starting any treatment. This is particularly because supplementing with iron can be harmful if blood iron levels are normal.


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