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Iron deficiency anaemia

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Introduction
Iron deficiency anaemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron. The main symptoms are tiredness and lethargy (lack of energy).
Symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia
Many people with iron deficiency anaemia will only display a few signs or symptoms of the illness. Tiredness and lack of energy are the most common symptoms.
Causes of iron deficiency anaemia
Iron deficiency anaemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron. A lack of iron in your body can be caused by a variety of factors.
Diagnosing iron deficiency anaemia
A blood test will be able to confirm the diagnosis. Your GP may also ask you a number of questions and carry out a physical examination to find out the cause.
Treating iron deficiency anaemia
Treatment for iron deficiency anaemia usually involves taking iron supplements and treating any underlying conditions.
Complications of iron deficiency anaemia
Iron deficiency anaemia rarely causes any serious or long-term complications. However, some people with iron deficiency anaemia find that it affects their daily life.