Frequently Asked Questions: AnemiaFriday, April 12, 2013 - 17:18
Here are some frequently asked questions related to anemia.
Q: What is the most common form of anemia?
A: By far, the most common form of anemia worldwide is iron deficiency anemia.
Q: How many different kinds of anemia are there?
A: There are close to 100 different varieties of anemia.
Q: How does drinking an excessive amount of alcohol lead to anemia?
A: Alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the bone
Q: I work with chemicals such as benzene. Am I at risk of getting aplastic anemia?
A: Aplastic anemia is exceptionally rare. However, if benzene is spilled and inhaled it can cause this life-threatening condition. It's important to follow all safety precautions when in contact with this chemical.
Q: I'm expecting twins. Am I at greater risk for becoming anemic?
A: Pregnancy increases the risk for anemia because of the body's greater demand for folic acid and iron. The risk for women with multiple births is about 27%.
Q: I believe my child may be anemic. How important is it to seek help?
A: You should never self-diagnose anyone with anemia. The symptoms can be indicative of a number of serious diseases. In children, severe anemia can impair growth and motor and mental development, possibly irreversibly.