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Most symptoms of anemia are a result of the decrease of oxygen in the cells or "hypoxia."Because red blood cells, as hemoglobin, carry oxygen, a decreased production or number of these cells result in "hypoxia." Many of the symptoms will not be present with mild anemia, as the body can often compensate for gradual changes in hemoglobin. The following are the most common symptoms for anemia. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. The symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
Abnormal paleness or lack of color of the skin
Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
Breathlessness, or difficulty catching a breath (dyspnea)
Lack of energy, or tiring easily (fatigue)
Dizziness, or vertigo especially when standing Headache
Irregular menstruation cycles
Absent or delayed menstruation (amenorrhea)
Sore or swollen tongue (glossitis)
Jaundice, or yellowing of skin, eyes, and mouth
Enlarged spleen or liver (splenomegaly, hepatomegaly)
Slow or delayed growth and development
Impaired wound and tissue healing
The symptoms of anemia may resemble other blood disorders or medical problems. Because anemia is often a symptom associated with another disease, it is important for your doctor to be aware of any symptoms you may be experiencing. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.