Never Ignore These 10 Warning Signs of Anaemia

Anaemia is the most common blood disorder. It’s condition in which there are insufficient healthy red blood cells in the blood. Without enough red blood cells, your blood contains too little oxygen. This allows various medical complications to develop; mild complications but unfortunately, serious complications as well. There are many different types of anaemia however, they are often due to three causes; blood loss, reduced production of blood cells and increased breakdown of blood cells.

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1. Internal bleeding/haemorrhage
Internal bleeding can occur as a result of stomach ulcers, ulcers in the duodenum, or tumours. Excessive bleeding may occur in a short period, but it is also possible for small amounts of blood to be lost over a longer period of time. You can also have blood loss without even noticing it. That can happen in disease of the stomach or intestines or when you take certain painkillers for a prolonged period. This is why certain pain relievers have a stomach protecting coating. Paracetamol does not cause anaemia.

2. Medicines
As indicated earlier, many pain relievers can cause stomach bleeding. This is why it is advised to always consult your doctor. Doctors will prescribe a strong pain reliever and you will also be given an effective stomach protector by the pharmacist. However, people tend to be very ‘easy going’ when it comes to painkillers. These are usually bought over the counter from a chemist and the heavier pain relievers such as Ibuprofen and Advil can definitely cause some damage to your stomach and intestines over time. This in turn makes you more exposed to the risk of internal bleeding. For further reading see the following page about which causes can lead to anaemia.