Iron IV Therapy

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia. It  usually results from blood loss, poor diet or malabsorption. Treatment involves iron infusion replacement and treatment of the cause of blood loss.

Iron is an essential element for  our body. It  helps improve many organ systems in the body like the immune system, nervous system, gastrointestinal processes,  and the regulation of body temperature via the thyroid gland. Iron is an essential mineral for thyroid function. The lack of  iron can lead to hypothyroidism, in those with normal  TSH levels and taking thyroid medication

Iron is  used to make hemoglobin, a protein, that is responsible for transporting oxygen via red blood cells  in the blood. It is  also important  for  brain function. Iron deficiency is associated with cognitive impairment and depression.  It  helps produce serotonin, which is responsible a healthy mood. Iron is involved  in a wide variety of metabolic processes like deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis, and electron transport.

What Causes Iron Deficiency Anemia?

It can happen if you don’t eat enough foods containing iron, your body can’t properly absorb iron, you lose iron through your blood, or you’re pregnant.

 Iron from the foods you eat is absorbed in your small intestine. Conditions like celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease can make it harder for your intestines to absorb iron. Surgery such as gastric bypass that removes part of your intestines, and medicines used to lower stomach acid can also affect your body’s ability to absorb iron. Blood loss  from peptic ulcers, hernias, fibroids, colon polyps and heavy periods can lead to iron deficiencies. Expectant mothers need more iron to feed their growing baby, therefore, extra iron is needed during this time.

What Are the Symptoms?

Mild iron deficiency anemia often isn’t noticeable. When it gets more severe, you may have these symptoms:

  • Fatigue, tiredness or weakness
  • Pale or yellow skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Cold feet and hands
  • Brittle, cracked nails and hair loss
  • Pica (cravings for things that aren’t food, like dirt, starch, clay, or ice)
  • Sore and swollen tongue
  • Restless legs syndrome

Treatment

We offer IV iron treatment that is great for those who can’t tolerate taking iron orally due to stomach upset,  gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, Celiac Disease or kidney dialysis.  It is indicated in patients with severe iron deficiency since it is better absorbed than oral iron. Laboratory testing documenting a low iron level is required prior to receiving this treatment*.

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