Iron is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in the formation of hemoglobin (the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body). Without enough iron, the body can’t produce enough hemoglobin, leading to a condition called iron-deficiency anemia. This type of anemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide and can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, dizziness and pale skin. It’s important to consume enough iron-rich foods or take supplements, or have iron infusions to prevent or treat iron deficiency.
What are the symptoms of Low Iron?
Iron Deficiency can have symptoms such as:
- Fatigue and Weakness
- General Tiredness
- Low Energy
- Pale Skin
- Low Energy
- Cold Hands or Feet/Toes
- Poor Concentration
- Headaches and Dizziness
What is intravenous iron supplementation?
Intravenous (IV) iron supplementation is a method of delivering iron by infusion, by cannulation (with a needle) into a vein.
Are there side effects of intravenous iron?
The side effects of IV iron are usually minimal, but can include the following:
- Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
- Dizziness when getting up suddenly
- Tummy pains, including nausea and cramps
- Problems with breathing
- Skin problems, including rash
- Chest pain
- Low blood pressure
- Anaphylaxis (a severe reaction that can include difficulty breathing, itching, or a rash over the entire body)
How effective is intravenous iron?
An iron infusion is a way to increase the body’s iron levels promptly. It’s a more immediate treatment than supplements or eating a whole bag of spinach. An iron infusion can be very helpful in situations where anemia is severe.
The physical benefits of an iron infusion include increased energy and easier breathing. Results vary from patient to patient, however, you should start feeling these benefits a few weeks after your final infusion treatment. The lasting benefits depends on the cause of your iron deficiency anemia and whether you are recommended to use iron supplements for maintenance.
When you should start to feel better depends on your particular situation. Normally, it takes from a week to a month before you start to feel better. If you have any questions or concerns, chat to the GP before you book in.