Anemia is a condition in which your body does not get enough healthy red blood cells, in other words when it does not carry enough hemoglobin, or when these cells do not do what they are supposed to do.
Red blood cells are responsible for bringing oxygen into the body and removing carbon dioxide from it. If these processes don’t work properly, we get poisoned with carbon dioxide. The causes for this can vary, and so does the treatment.
We at ViralScratch prepared a checklist of anemia symptoms.
1. Pale skin
When your body has a low red blood cell number or not getting enough oxygen, our complexion changes color and we look very pale. This applies not only to the face but to the whole body, especially the hands, the tongue, and the inner part of the lower eyelid.
2. Irregular heart rate
Low levels of hemoglobin make the heart work harder than usual to pump blood through our system, and it has to work extra hard in an effort to provide us with enough oxygen that can lead to an irregular heartbeat.
If our organs do not get the right amount of oxygen, our bodies have to work harder to produce enough energy for daily work, and this makes us feel very tired and exhausted.
4. Problems with concentration
Everybody needs oxygen to function well, and the brain is no exception. If the oxygen level is less than what is required, we cannot think clearly, and we suffer from impaired focus.
5. Nail thinning
If your nails are brittle or spoon-shaped nails — called koilonychia, this might be another common, but not as well known, symptom of anemia. Nails need oxygen to stay healthy.
6. Cracks on the corners of your lips
Most people get dry or cracked lips sometimes from wind, cold, or sun temperatures, but anemia causes specific areas of cracking, which affects the corners of the lips.
7. Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances
Scientists have no explanation yet as to why anemia causes these food cravings, but the most common cravings are cravings for dirt, ice, or chalk.