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Certain kinds of anemia may have no symptoms, while others like sickle cell have obvious ones. Some individuals may feel tired and weak, though, yet not realize they are anemic.

Symptoms

Key symptoms to watch for include the following.

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Pale or yellowish skin
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness 
  • Chest pain
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Headaches

Not everyone experiences the same symptoms, and some have no symptoms at all (asymptomatic). 

FAQ

What will happen if anemia is not treated?

Symptoms will likely become worse over time without proper diagnosis and treatment. The heart will start to work harder to get oxygen to the tissue, as well. Others, like menstruating individuals, may begin to feel better if the underlying problem resolves itself, and the red blood cell count returns to normal. 

How do you feel if you are anemic?

There are a variety of potential symptoms, but most will feel tired and weak. Other people commonly complain of dizziness and others of cold feet and hands. 

What is the fastest way to cure anemia?

It’s not uncommon to get a blood transfusion in serious cases, as it provides those needed red blood cells quickly. It’s a standard approach to treating anemia from a disease such as cancer. 

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