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.
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
- 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
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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