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How is iron deficiency anemia treated?

Treatment of iron deficiency anemia includes increasing your iron stores by consuming iron-rich foods and taking iron supplements when needed. Guidance from your doctor when using iron supplements is important, as too much iron can be harmful. In fact, children can accidentally overdose on iron, so it is important to store these supplements out of their reach. In severe cases, blood transfusions or intravenous iron may be necessary. These procedures are performed in a hospital setting with close observation. Most importantly, determining and treating the cause of iron deficiency is essential so that further iron losses do not occur. For instance, if your iron deficiency is due to heavy menstrual bleeding, then treatment for that may be needed as well.

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