Anemia is a common blood disorder that occurs when your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells, or when your red blood cells don’t have enough of a protein called haemoglobin. This protein is necessary for the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, meaning that your overall health can be seriously damaged if you don’t take steps to amend the problem.
More than three million people in the United States live with the condition, and if you are suffering with any of these 10 symptoms, it’s important you speak to your doctor so that appropriate treatment can be offered.
1. Cold Hands
Cold hands and feet are perhaps an interesting symptom, but a common one nonetheless. Your hands and feet are the parts of your body furthest away from the heart, and which are considered ‘low priority’ in terms of blood flow.
Your body will limit the circulation of blood to your hands and feet to ensure that essential organs and muscles are given the oxygen and nutrients they need to keep you alive. When this happens, you’ll notice that your hands and feet become particularly cold. Wearing gloves and thick socks might help in the short term, but medical treatment is really important.
2. Weak Nails
Another sign of anemia is having brittle nails that snap extremely easily. The cells that make your nails require oxygen as much as any other cell, but like your hands and feet, they aren’t absolutely necessary to your life and your major internal organs will instead get more of the oxygen in your blood.
Your nails will gradually begin to become softer and may even look as if they are going to snap in the middle. Your nail beds will stop making new cells that are as strong as normal. This can also cause discomfort and pain as the nails snap and the bed beneath it bleeds.