Some people do not have symptoms. People who do may have:
- Breathing problems
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Cravings for ice or clay due to a lack of iron
- Confusion or clumsiness
- Sores in the mouth or on the tongue
- Diarrhea or weight loss
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Anemia. National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/anemia. Accessed September 16, 2019.
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Iron deficiency anemia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:https://www.dynamed.com/condition/iron-deficiency-anemia-in-adults. Updated March 14, 2019. Accessed September 16, 2019.
Overview of decreased erythropoiesis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology-and-oncology/anemias-caused-by-deficient-erythropoiesis/overview-of-decreased-erythropoiesis. Updated July 2018. Accessed September 16, 2019.
Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Dianne Rishikof, MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP Last Updated: 11/2/2020