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Acne scars: Diagnosis and treatment

MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Acne scars: Diagnosis and treatment
Safe and effective treatment for acne scars begins with a consultation. During the consultation, a dermatologist will examine your skin, playing close attention to your scars. A dermatologist will also ask you some essential questions.

To get the most from your consultation, many people find it helpful to answer the following questions BEFORE meeting with a dermatologist:

Why do I want to treat my acne scars?
Treatment is not for everyone. Some people feel that the scars are not so bad. Others feel that the scars affect their everyday life. Dermatologists often recommend treatment when someone answers “yes” to one or more of the following questions:

Do I often wish that I could get rid of my acne scars?
Do I feel that my scars limit my opportunities to date, get a job, advance my career, or perform well in school?
Am I less social now than before I had acne scars?


How do I want to look after treatment?
Some people want less noticeable scars. Others wish to eliminate wavy skin texture.

What can I afford to spend on treatment?
Medical insurance does not cover the cost.

How much downtime can I afford?
Some treatments require downtime.

How much time will I devote to getting treatment and caring for my skin?

Your answer will help determine which treatments will be best for you.
How do dermatologists treat acne scars?

If you and your dermatologist believe that treatment is right for you, your dermatologist will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. In creating this plan, your dermatologist will consider many things, including scar types and where the scars appear on your body.

If you have taken isotretinoin to treat acne, be sure to tell your dermatologist BEFORE treatment for acne scars begins.

To obtain the best results, your dermatologist may recommend more than one treatment. For example, if you have a deep boxcar scar (often looks like a large pore), laser therapy and a type of acne scar surgery called “subcision” may be necessary to give you the results you want.

The following tables list the treatments that a dermatologist may use.

Depressed Acne scars: Many effective treatments

Best results often come from using 2 or more treatments. The treatments that a dermatologist may use to treat depressed acne scars include:

Acne scar surgery: This sounds scarier than it is. Dermatologists often perform this minor surgery to treat very noticeable acne scars. The goal is to create a less-noticeable scar. The remaining scar should fade with time.

To perform acne scar surgery, a dermatologist may lift the scar. Bringing a scar closer to the surface of the skin tends to make it less noticeable. Another type of acne scar surgery involves breaking up scar tissue.

A dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon can safely perform acne scar surgery in a medical office. Patients remain awake but numb so that they do not feel pain.

Best for: Treating a few depressed scars.

Resurfacing procedures: When a patient wants to diminish the appearance of widespread acne scarring, a dermatologist may recommend a resurfacing procedure. Resurfacing removes layers of skin, which allows the body to produce new skin cells.

Dermatologists use the following resurfacing procedures to treat depressed acne scars:
Laser skin resurfacing
Chemical peeling
Dermabrasion
Microdermabrasion (differs from kits bought for at-home use)



Resurfacing works well for treating acne scars that are nearly flat (not too deep). Even dermabrasion, which removes the top layers of skin and some of the middle layers, cannot effectively treat deep acne scars.

Best for: Depressed acne scars that are not deep, useful for contouring scar edges to make scars less noticeable. Deep scars often require skin surgery and resurfacing.

Skin fillers: Dermatologists use fillers to safely and effectively plump depressed acne scars. A dermatologist may fill acne scars with collagen, the patient’s own fat, or another substance. Many fillers give us temporary results, which last between 6 and 18 months. Some fillers are permanent.

Both temporary and permanent fillers have unique pros and cons. If this is a treatment option for you, be sure to ask your dermatologist about the pros and cons of the recommended filler.

Best for: Treating a few depressed scars, but not icepick scars.

Skin tightening: This is a newer treatment and tends to be more affordable. This treatment is safe for all skin colors.

Dermatologists often use a technology called radiofrequency to tighten the skin. As the skin tightens, depressed acne scars become less noticeable.

Radiofrequency requires repeat appointments. Most patients return once a month for 4 months. After a radiofrequency treatment, many patients say they feel a burning sensation for about 1 hour and their skin has a pinkish color for 2 to 3 days.

Radiofrequency treatments require some at-home care. For at least one week after each treatment, you will need to apply sunscreen every morning and a moisturizing cream at night. Dermatologists recommend wearing a sunscreen that offers UVA/UVB protection, an SPF of 30 or greater, and water resistance.

Best for: Depressed acne scars. Sometimes, skin tightening effectively treats deep icepick and boxcar scars.

Collagen-induction therapy: Also known as “needling” or “micro-needling,” this treatment encourages your body to make more collagen.

To perform this procedure, a dermatologist moves a sterile, handheld needle-studded roller across the depressed acne scars. This punctures your skin. As your skin heals, it produces collagen.

It takes time to see the results, sometimes as long as 9 months. Most people, however, notice gradual changes before 9 months. Many patients require between 3 and 6 treatments and return every 2 to 6 weeks for a treatment.

After each treatment, you may have some swelling and possibly bruising. These side effects usually clear within 4 to 5 days.

You will need to follow a skin care plan while undergoing treatment.

Research shows that this is a safe treatment for people of all skin colors.

Best for: Widespread depressed acne scars. Not a treatment for raised acne scars, which form when the body produces too much collagen.

Electrodesiccation: This treatment uses electric probes to heat the tissue, which causes the tissue to die. This treatment may be part of a treatment plan for boxcar acne scars. Electrodesiccation by itself is not an effective treatment for acne scars.

Best for: Shaping or reducing the edges of boxcar scars.
Raised acne scars: Treatment can ease pain, diminish scars

The treatments that a dermatologist may use to treat raised acne scars are:

Injections: Your dermatologist may recommend injecting medicine directly into the scars. This can soften and flatten raised, thick scars.

Getting the best results often requires repeat visits. These injections are usually given once every few weeks. How often you will need to return for treatment depends on the scar and many other considerations. You may need to return once every 2 to 6 weeks for a while.

Many patients receive injections of corticosteroids. A chemotherapy medicine known as fluorouracil (5-FU) can also be effective in treating raised acne scars. Some scars respond best when injections of both 5-FU and corticosteroids are used.

Interferon, which is also used to treat cancer, can be effective. Our bodies naturally produce interferon.

If the scar does not respond (or stops responding) after you receive the 4th injection, acne scar surgery may be recommended.

Best for: Painful, raised scars.

Acne scar surgery: Dermatologists perform acne scar surgery to reduce raised acne scars. This surgery can be performed in a dermatologist’s office.

To obtain the best results, acne scar surgery is often followed by another treatment.
Acne scar surgery, followed by injections: After surgery, dermatologists often treat raised scars with injections of corticosteroids, 5-FU, or interferon.

Combining acne scar surgery with these shots remains one of the most effective treatments for raised scars. Most patients receive injections once a month for a few months.
Acne scar surgery, followed by radiation: Studies show that radiation can prevent raised scars from returning after acne scar surgery. Due to the potential for radiation treatments to cause problems years or decades later, some doctors do not recommend radiation treatment.



Best for: Raised scars that need more than injections.

Laser therapy: Lasers and other light treatments can treat raised scars safely and effectively. Treatment with a pulsed dye laser (PDL) can help reduce the itch and pain, diminish color, and flatten a raised scar. For people with lighter skin, intense pulsed light (IPL) also may be a treatment option.


Best for: All types of acne scars.

Cryosurgery: This treatment freezes the scar tissue. Freezing the tissue causes it to die and gradually fall off. To improve the results, dermatologists recommend a series of cryotherapy sessions and corticosteroid injections. This combination often produces better results.

The main drawback is that cryotherapy can cause permanent light spots to form on the treated skin.

Best for: It can effectively diminish raised scars in people who have lighter skin. Not recommended for skin of color.

Scar creams and gels, silicone (dressings and bandages): Often available without a prescription, these can be used at home to treat raised scars. These products can help reduce the itch and discomfort as well as shrink, flatten, and fade raised scars.

Silicone dressings and bandages can be especially helpful. Although no one knows for sure how these work, one possibility is that silicone helps hydrate the skin. This may reduce the itch and pain as well as make the skin more flexible.

To be effective, these products must be used continuously. This can be difficult, especially for scars on the face. Many people are willing to do this because these treatments have little risk of side effects. Even so, with continuous use, some people develop itchy, irritated skin. This usually clears when the person stops using the product.

Best for: Reducing scar size and discomfort. None is likely to eliminate a raised scar.

What outcome can a person with acne scars expect?
Most treatments can reduce the size and visibility of acne scars. With time, many of the treated acne scars fade, making them barely noticeable.

Your results depend almost entirely on the knowledge and skill of the person performing the treatment.

Dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons perform these procedures frequently, so they have the skills and experience needed to perform these procedures safely and effectively.

While dermatologists offer safe and effective treatment for acne scars,
there may be better solution: prevention.


References:
Ramesh M et al. “Novel Technology in the Treatment of Acne Scars: The Matrix-tunable Radiofrequency Technology.” J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2010 May;3(2):97-101. Riveria AE. “Acne scarring: A review and current treatment modalities.” J Am Acad Dermatol 2008;59:659-76.

Sardana K et al. “Which Type of Atrophic Acne Scar (Ice-pick, Boxcar, or Rolling) Responds to Nonablative Fractional Laser Therapy?” Dermatol Surg 2014 Jan 21. doi: 10.1111/dsu.12428. [Epub ahead of print].

Thiboutot, D et al. “New insights into the management of acne: An update from the Global Alliance to Improve Outcomes in Acne Group.” J Am Acad Dermatol 2009;60:5(sup. 1) S1-S50.

Zurada JM et al. “Topical treatments for hypertrophic scars.” J Am Acad Dermatol 2006;55:1024-31.


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Dengue fever

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Dengue fever
Use homeopathic eupatorium 30 thrice a day as specific but for better result detail history is must.
Keep surrounding clean. Avoid stagnancy of water.
Keep hydrating your self with water and liquid diet
Do cbc, esr, h1n1 (dengue profile).
Good rest.
Good mind set no need for panic.
Regular investigation of platelet count.
Tab paracetamol for fever
No use of antibiotics unless prescribed
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MD - Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Epilepsy:
Cause:
1) Neurological Disorder
2) Rest less Mind
3) Un known cause
4) Brain Cell Damage due to Accident or Stroke

In system of Medicine Anti- Convulsion Drug use along with sedative Drug.

In Neurological Disorder many time suggested for Operation.

What Is Definition of Restless Mind?
When Many uncalled n Called thought conflict with each other & if same was not Resolved in timely then Its lead a stress in mind , and when many stress condition again conflict with each other lead Restless Mind . Its Very serious Disorder of mind Condition & Handle with appropriate Remedy along with Family support to come out from this situation
Treatment:
1) C T Scan / MRI / EEG / CBC with other test
2) Along with Medicine and Family support Its need for Meditation n Use complimentary system of Remedy to fast come out from this cause Like Homeopathy / Aroma / Bio – Chemic / Bach Flower / acupressure etc…
3) Proper Balanced Diet with Exercise & Meditation



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Ayurveda Can Cure Ulcerative Colitis ?

MD - Ayurveda, Ph.D Arthritic Disorder, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Surat

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly.

Causes

  • Heredity
  • Overactive immune response in the intestine

Diagnosis

A flare-up may be sudden and severe

A flare-up may begin gradually

  • Urgency to defecate
  • Mild cramps in lower abdomen
  • Blood and mucous found in stool

Investigations

Treatment

Chikitsa Siddhant (Principle)

  • Vata –Pitta Samana Chikitsa
  • Vranaropana
  • Sita Virya Durgs
  • Sodhan, Saman & Stambhan Chikitsa

Re-search medicine by (Vaidyaratnam Sandip Patel)

  • Tablet  Diex   1 or 2 Two Times / Three Times a Day
  • Tablet  Diex-B    1 or 2 Two Times / Three Times a Day
  • Tablet Coag  1 or 2 Two Times / Three Times a Day
  • Tablet Tindukvati   1 or 2 Two Times / Three Times a Day
  • Tablet Paxid  1 or 2 Two Times / Three Times a Day
  • Paxid Syrup  1 Teaspoon Two Times / Three Times a Day

Home remedies

Fried Methi (Fenugreek)   100gm

Haldi (Turmeric)   100gm

Ganthoda (Granthik)  10gm

Mix  it properly

Dose: one teaspoon Morning & Evening

Castrol oil –one teaspoon with warm water/milk/tea at bedtime once or twice in weak

Fried Lahsun- with ghee and take one to two pieces everyday morning.

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Care To Be Taken By Dengue Fever Patients!

MBBS, DNB - Medicine, Fellowship In Infectious Disease, FNB - Infectious Diseases
General Physician, Surat
Care To Be Taken By Dengue Fever Patients!

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that causes severe body pain, fever, rash, dehydration, and weakness in the body. The major cause of dengue is Flaviviridae. It is generally called DENV (Dengue Virus). It generally occurs in tropical parts of the world.

Dengue is a fairly new disease in the world, and not many people understand how to care for a patient going through dengue fever. This article will present the steps that should be taken by someone who is suffering from Dengue.

Initial Steps One Should Take

The first step of caring when contacted with this disease is to go to a doctor and get checked. Doctor will get some tests done to verify that the condition is indeed Dengue. After the doctor prescribes medication, self-care begins. Here are some.

Do’s and Don’ts one should follow which help to cure from Dengue Fever.

Do’s

● The rise of Hematocrit (PCV) should be checked every day and informed by the physician.
● A thermometer should be present at all times to check the temperature of the patient.
● If the patient has a high fever, then dip a sponge in cool water and slowly wash the body with it.
● Upon high fever, one should only take Paracetamol and Acetaminophen. Doctor should be consulted before taking any medication.
● The patient should also check the number of trips taken to the bathroom, in order to keep a track of the urination cycle.
● Check if the patient has a dry mouth and lips. Dehydration is very common with people contacted with dengue and needs to have water and electrolytes supplements every now and then.
● It is very important to check the CBC (complete blood count) of the patient daily as directed by physician. Call a pathology technician evenryday to get a blood test as recommended by the doctor to keep the platelet and the haematocrits in check.

Don’ts

● Do not take antibiotics, Ibuprofen or Aspirin.
● Do not take artificial fruit juice for hydration purposes.
● Do not agitate.
● Do not take unsupervised supplements to increase platelet counts.
● Do not use alternative medications like herbs as they can cause an allergic reaction.
● Do not stay without food for too long.
● Do not take any kind of sleeping pills if the patient is having difficulty sleeping.

Conclusion:

Dengue is a troublesome disease which can be disastrous if not taken care of properly. That is why it is very important to know the do’s and don’ts for caring about this disease. However, consulting a doctor or getting hospitalised in the worst cases will always be a good idea.

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Dengue - Know Regimen For It!

MBBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital & Healthcare Management
General Physician, Delhi
Dengue - Know Regimen For It!

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that causes severe body pain, fever, rash, dehydration, and weakness in the body. Dengue fever is caused by a family of viruses called Flaviviridae. It is generally called DENV (Dengue Virus). It generally occurs in tropical parts of the world.

Dengue is a fairly new disease in the world, and not many people understand how to care for a patient going through dengue fever. This article will present the steps that should be taken by someone who is suffering from Dengue.

Initial Steps One Should Take

The first step of caring when contacted with this disease is to go to a doctor and get checked. Doctor will get some tests done to verify that the condition is indeed Dengue. After the doctor prescribes medication, self-care begins. Here are some.

Do’s and Don’ts one should follow which help to cure from Dengue Fever.

Do’s

  1. The patient should have plenty of liquids.  
  2. The number of platelets should also be monitored on a regular basis.
  3. The rise of Hematocrit (PCV) should be checked every day and informed by the physician.
  4.  A thermometer should be present at all times to check the temperature of the patient.
  5.  If the patient has a high fever, then dip a sponge in cool water and slowly wash the body with it.
  6. Upon high fever, one should only take Paracetamol and Acetaminophen. Doctor should be consulted before taking any medication.
  7. The patient should also check the number of trips taken to the bathroom, in order to keep a track of the urination cycle.
  8. Check if the patient has a dry mouth and lips. Dehydration is very common with people contacted with dengue and needs to have water and electrolytes supplements every now and then.
  9. It is very important to check the CBC (complete blood count) of the patient daily as directed by physician. Call a pathology technician every day to get a blood test as recommended by the doctor to keep the platelet and the haematocrits in check. 

Don’ts

  1. Do not take antibiotics, Ibuprofen or Aspirin.
  2. Do not take artificial fruit juice for hydration purposes.
  3. Do not agitate.
  4. Do not take unsupervised supplements to increase platelet counts.
  5. Do not use alternative medications like herbs as they can cause an allergic reaction.
  6. Do not stay without food for too long.
  7. Do not take any kind of sleeping pills if the patient is having difficulty sleeping.

Conclusion:

Dengue is a troublesome disease which can be disastrous if not taken care of properly. That is why it is very important to know the do’s and don’ts for caring about this disease. However, consulting a doctor or getting hospitalised in the worst cases will always be a good idea.

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How Is Blood Cancer Detected?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Lakhimpur Kheri
How Is Blood Cancer Detected?

Despite the progress of medical science, the detection of blood cancer is largely dependent on the early warning signs. The diagnostic tests available are often sophisticated and are not included in regular health screenings.

What are the common symptoms?

  • Fever with chills
  • Frequent infections
  • Body aches
  • Nausea with loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Low back pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Swollen but painless lymph nodes

If you report with early signs of blood cancer the chances are your doctor will ask you for these tests.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

This is the first test blood test ordered for suspected blood cancer patients. The number of different types of blood cells is measured in a sample of the blood. Too many or too few of the various types of blood cells indicate abnormalities and cancerous growth.

Diagnostic Scans

X-ray, MRI, PET, and CT scans are sometimes ordered by the doctor to gauge the extent and stage of cancer. This test is more commonly ordered for patients suspected of suffering from multiple myelomas.

  • Flow Cytometry - A small sample of blood is tested for the presence and concentration of different types of protein markers to identify the type of blood cancer
  • Tumour marker tests - Tumour markers are introduced in your bloodstream that detects the presence of tumour cells, but this test is not completely reliable as several factors may influence the results.
  • Blood protein testing - Electrophoresis is ordered to inspect the different proteins in the blood sample. The presence of abnormalities immunoglobulins in the blood indicates blood cancer multiple myeloma. This test usually needs to be followed up with a bone marrow biopsy to confirm the results.
  • Biopsy - Typically, a bone marrow biopsy is ordered to confirm blood cancers. In this method, a small amount of bone marrow tissue is removed and tested for anomalies. This is the most definitive diagnosis for any form of cancer, including blood cancer. However, biopsies are expensive and time-consuming tests reserve for the final verdict.

Methods of early detection of blood cancer have evolved to be sophisticated and accurate even in the very early stages. With awareness and regular medical check-ups, early detection of cancer has become more and more likely.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
B12 deficiency: a silent epidemic with serious consequences
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B12 deficiency and unsteadiness

Timothy c. Hain, md page last modified: december 19, 2014

Vitamin b12 deficiency is common in the population over 80 (about 10%). It can be a cause of unsteady gait (ataxia), sometimes accompanied by anemia (macrocytic), and loss of position sense. When associated with spinal cord disease, it is sometimes termed" subacute combined degeneration. The ataxia is called a" sensory ataxia, because it appears to be related to loss of position sensation from the feet. A list of diseases that can present with a similar picture is given below:

Subacute combined degeneration (b12 deficiency)
Tabes dorsalis (neurosyphilis)
Fredreich' ataxia (a cerebellar disorder), with damage with sensory input to the cerebellum.
Peripheral neuropathy (common)
Thoracic spinal cord lesions (very rare)
Subacute sensory loss (a rare paraneoplastic syndrome).
The term subacute combined degeneration was coined by russell, batten and collier in 1900 to describe pathological changes in the spinal cord. While changes in the posterior columns are emphasized in clinical accounts, pathologically the lateral and anterior columns are also often affected. The peripheral nerves are generally unaffected. B12 deficiency is a risk factor for cognitive decline (i. E. Dementia)

Causes of b12 deficiency

Decreased intake (e. G. Vegetarians)
Malabsorption
Autoimmune (pernicious anemia)
Stomach and small bowel disorders (e. G. Gastritis, surgery)
Medication interaction (e. G. Metformin, medications that reduce stomach acidity)
Over consumption (blind loop)
B12 is available only from animal sources and thus strict vegetarians are at a risk of deficiency. B12 is bound to animal protein and released by gastric acid. When taken as part of food, b12 is released from food by a combination of gastric acid and pepsin (an enzyme).

A medication for diabetes, metformin, reduces absorption of b12.

Gastric conditions contributing to b12 deficiency include various stomach diseases that impair release of b12 from food

Pernicious anemia (pa) accounts for 15-70% of b12 deficiency. This an autoimmune disorder where antibodies are made to intrinsic factor. Oral supplements are less effective in pa than other modes of administration.

Diagnosis of b12 deficiency

B12 deficiency is usually detected through a b12 blood level. Typical lower limits of normal are 200 pg/ml. A cbc test may show macrocytic anemia.

Because b12 is stored in the liver, it takes about 2 years following a sudden cessation of intake for signs of deficiency to arise.

Treatment of b12 deficiency

There are presently a variety of options.

Oral therapy involves giving 1 to 2 mg (1000 mcg) of b12 daily. Oral therapy is usually as effective as the others noted below
Monthly injections of b12 are traditional. The first injection is generally 1000ug, and subsequent ones are 100.
Nasal b12 is also now available as an alternative to injection in persons who do not respond to oral therapy.
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Thalassemia - What Exactly Is It?

MBBS, MD, FICH
Hematologist, Ludhiana
Thalassemia - What Exactly Is It?

Thalassemia is a genetically inherited blood disorder in which the body starts producing an abnormal form of hemoglobin. This hemoglobin gets destroyed by natural immunity, and ultimately leads to anemia.

What is the prevalence of Thalassemia?

Beta thalassemia is particularly prevalent among Mediterranean peoples, and due to this geographical association, it is also known as Mediterranean anemia. It is also commonly seen in Greece, Turkey, and Italy. In India, it is more commonly seen in Jain and Gujarati community.

Why does it occur?

Genetic mutation of the gene which is concerned with hemoglobin production is the major cause of it. This mutant gene is generally inherited from the parents. If both the parents transmit mutated gene to the offspring, then the offering will surely develop thalassemia, and if only one parent transmits mutant gene, then the offspring will become only carrier of the disease. He/she will not get the symptoms of the disease or very rarely he may get symptoms but in minor form.

Types of Thalassemia-

The globin part of hemoglobin includes alpha and beta globin. There are two main types of thalassemia, and they are as follows:

  1. Beta thalassemia: Beta thalassemia occurs when there is a defect in the production of beta globin. Beta thalassemia major is caused when there is no functional beta chain production. This is the most severe form. In beta thalassemia intermedia, some amount of hemoglobin A is produced. Beta thalassemia minor is caused when only one of the two beta globin alleles contains a mutation, so beta chain production is not terribly compromised.
  2. Alpha thalassemia: Alpha thalassemia occurs when the body cannot make alpha globin. It has two subtypes and they are as follows:
  3. Hemoglobin H: It develops when a person is missing three alpha globin genes.
  4. Hydrops fetalis: It develops when all the four alpha globin genes are altered or missing.

Symptoms of Thalassemia-

  • Enlarged organs, such as spleen and liver
  • Chest pain, cold hands and feet, shortness of breath, leg cramps, and rapid heartbeat
  • Delayed growth
  • Headaches, dizziness, and faintness
  • Failure to thrive in newborn
  • Pale or jaundiced skin
  • Frequent infections
  • A poor appetite

How to diagnose it?

Diagnosis can be made by following test:

  1. A complete blood count (CBC): To check hemoglobin level and size of red blood cells
  2. A reticulocyte count: To assist the pace at which reticulocytes are produced
  3. Genetic testing: To find out the faulty gene

What is the treatment available for it?

It includes:

  • Blood transfusions and bone marrow transplant
  • Medications, vitamin supplements, and iron supplements
  • Surgery to remove the spleen and gallbladder
  • Chelation therapy to remove excess of iron and other heavy metals

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Iron Deficiency - What Are The Possible Signs And Symptoms?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, MRCP (UK), DM - Clinical Haematology
Hematologist, Kolkata
Iron Deficiency - What Are The Possible Signs And Symptoms?

Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia, which occurs due to deficiency of iron. Iron is the main component of hemoglobin. So, a decrease in the hemoglobin level results in iron deficiency anemia.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Signs and symptoms appear when anemia is moderate to severe. In the mild stage, iron deficiency anemia often goes unnoticed. The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are:

  1. Extreme fatigue (weakness)
  2. Pale skin and brittle nails
  3. Reduced  appetite
  4. Headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  5. Cold hands and feet with tingling numbness
  6. Chest pain, palpitations, or shortness of breath
  7. Inflammation or soreness of the tongue
  8. Unusual cravings for indigestible substances, such as ice, dirt, or starch. 

What are the Causes of Iron Deficiency Anemia? 

  1. Inadequate iron intake: Your body gets iron from the food you eat. If you consume too little iron, then your body may become iron deficient. Hence, resulting in anemia.
  2. Inability to absorb iron: Iron is absorbed into your bloodstream from the food in your small intestine. In conditions like an intestinal disorder, this absorption of iron is hampered which results in iron deficiency anemia. Also, when your small intestine is bypassed or removed surgically, absorption of iron is hampered.
  3. Blood loss: Red blood cells in your blood contain iron, and if the blood loss is severe, you can end up having iron deficiency. Conditions, such as bleeding hemorrhoids, colorectal cancer, and heavy menstruation can result in iron deficiency anemia.
  4. Pregnancy and lactation: During pregnancy and lactation period, the iron requirement of the mother is more, and when it is unfulfilled, she may end up having iron deficiency anemia.

Which Group is at Risk?

  1. Vegetarians
  2. Women
  3. Infants and children 
  4. Frequent blood donors

How is it Diagnosed?

Diagnosis is made with the help of: 

Treatment

Treating the underlying cause is the primary step.

  1. Severe cases: When the iron level is too low, blood transfusion and even intravenous iron is given
  2. Mild to Moderate Cases: Iron and vitamin C supplements are given in mild and moderate cases of iron deficiency anemia.

Can you Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Yes. You can prevent iron deficiency anemia by including iron-rich foods in your diet, such as:

  1. Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, peas, and beans
  2. Dry fruits, such as raisins and apricots
  3. Red meat, pork and poultry, and seafoodIron-fortified ceconsult an expertreals, bread, and pasta
  4. Include vitamin C-rich foods in your diet to enhance iron absorption. Vitamin C is found in Grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, lemons, and melonsLeafy greens, broccoli, peppers, and tomatoes

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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