The diagnosis of anemia at home is difficult unless bleeding is obvious. How
rapidly anemia occurs determines how severe the symptoms will be. If significant
bleeding is obvious, go to a hospital's emergency department. If you experience
any of the signs and symptoms of anemia, call your doctor for an appointment.
Anemia can be life threatening. If you have any of the signs or symptoms and
cannot contact your doctor, or if you are having severe symptoms, you should go
to a hospital's emergency department for help. A large amount of blood loss,
even without signs and symptoms of anemia, should cause you to go to the
If possible, have a friend or a neighbor take you to
the hospital if you suspect you have anemia. It is dangerous for a severely
anemic person to drive because you could pass out while driving and cause an
Very little can be done at home to treat anemia. In general, if you have anemia,
you should continue to take your
medications for chronic medical problems. Because
dehydration accompanies anemia, you will want to make sure you are drinking
plenty of fluids.
Because anemia itself is not a
disease but a
sign of some other process, the best way to minimize the symptoms of anemia at
home is to control other medical problems.
Some common forms of anemia are most easily
prevented by eating a healthy diet and by limiting alcohol use. All types of
anemia are best avoided by seeing a doctor regularly and when problems arise
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