A blood transfusion can help treat anemia.
Anemia is a medical disorder that involves a lack of healthy red blood cells and oxygen-producing hemoglobin in the bloodstream, due to a genetic condition, iron deficiency, or a lack of essential vitamins. People with anemia often experience fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and chest pain. There are several home remedies and over-the-counter methods used to treat anemia, such as eating iron-rich foods, taking dietary supplements, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest. For more severe cases, doctors may prescribe oral medications or order a bone marrow transplant or blood transfusion.
Eating apples and other healthy foods can help treat anemia.
Many people who are deficient in iron or vitamins can successfully treat anemia using simple home remedies. Doctors often suggest that anemic patients eat foods high in vitamins and iron, such as apples, bananas, tomatoes, honey, and cereal. The minerals found in these foods replenish hemoglobin levels in the bloodstream. Many people can supplement their food intake with iron tablets and vitamin B-12, as well as get regular exercise and rest. Healthy, mineral-rich diets and daily exercise routines help alleviate anemia symptoms in most individuals.
Increasing the level of iron in the body is one way to treat anemia.
Depending on the nature and severity of a person’s disorder, a doctor may decide that medical attention is needed to treat anemia. The doctor may give regular injections of vitamin B-12 or other minerals, usually for several years, to help the individual maintain healthy levels of nutrients and vitamins. A doctor or hematologist may also inject a synthetic hormone known as erythropoietin directly into the bloodstream of an anemic patient. Erythropoietin injections speed up the rate and frequency at which the human body makes new red blood cells.
Vitamin B-12 injections may be necessary for some anemic people.
An anemic individual may have an immune system disorder in which their body mistakenly attacks its own healthy red blood cells, destroying them and reducing blood oxygen levels. After careful testing and diagnosis by doctors, this individual may be given immune-suppressing medications. Anemic patients may also be prescribed pain relievers, antibiotics, and certain steroids to provide relief and promote red blood cell production.
Anemia is characterized by chronic fatigue.
A blood transfusion or bone marrow transplant may be needed to treat anemia in a patient whose body has not been successful with other treatments. An individual may need to have their blood removed and replaced with blood from a healthy donor. A patient may have multiple transfusions to treat anemia symptoms that come back over time. Patients with diseased bone marrow that cannot produce healthy blood cells commonly undergo bone marrow transplants. Transplants are often painful, time-consuming and expensive, although they are very effective in most cases.