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Diagnosed with mild anemia. Blood test shows low haemoglobin levels. How to increase levels?

hi doc, m 21 year old girl and recently had pre-employment medical examination,everything is in line but my hb is 11.3 so company says, you have been detected with mild anaemia .so undergo a treatment and send the reports again. I am taking medicines etc from 8-9 much it may take to increase my hb level?m very worried.plz help me.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi and thanks for your question,
as a female in reproductive age, with menstruation, the hemoglobin level of 11.3 is almost normal and should not warrant any worries.
However, a change hemoglobin level can actually only be measured after 3 months, which represents the life cycle of a red blood cells. Its thus recommended for treatment of anemia to take the treatment at least 2 months for appreciable changes to be seen and monitored.
In your case, you need not really worry.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Achuo Ascensius's  Response
Hello, thanks for using HCM.
It is not uncommon to find young girls with low hemoglobin levels. Anemia is caused by a hand full of various causes ranging from habits to pathological conditions. However, only an appropriate diagnosis of the underlying cause of anemia will permit an effective treatment to take up the hemoglobin desired within the shortest time possible. 11.3 is slightly low but not that bad and so you need to be rest assured rather than worrying and by so doing allowing your normal physiology to carry on. Common causes of anemia in young girls include: excessive bleeding during menses, poor eating habits and consumption of substances that chelates iron in the digestive tract etc. Once the cause of the anemia is known and classified either as iron deficiency or vit b12 or folic acid or hemorrhagic anemia, an effective treatment is instituted and there after, an improvement in the hemoglobin is expected.

Red blood cell production typically last an average of 5 to 7 days. therefore in order to have a significant increase in your hemoglobin , you will require a couple of weeks (at least 2 weeks to 1month) while on the right treatment.

Best regards and hope this helps.
Answered: Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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