What are the symptoms of acute anaemia?

Reduction of red blood cells or haemoglobin levels in the human body is termed as Anemia. Anemia categorized as acute or chronic acute anemia is defined as the condition where there is a drastic drop in haemoglobin content or the red blood cells count due to acute hemorrhage or a condition called hemolysis.

Symptoms of acute anemia are distressing and can be fatal. The red blood cells live for shorter periods and the body constantly works to replace them. If the body cannot replace the red blood cells which are depleted, it causes severe damage to the internal system. Acute anemia may also cause cardiac failure.

General symptoms of anemia

  • Dizziness or Lightheadedness, headache
  • General weakness or fatigue, faintness
  • Chest pain and irregular heartbeats, palpitations
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Pale and yellow coloured skin, brittle nails, white nails
  • Cramps in legs
  • Insomnia
  • Swelling of the tongue and sore tongue
  • Strange craving for items other than food like ice or clay
  • Bruises and cuts do not heal fast
  • Simple tasks also seem exhausting or make you short of breath.

The above symptoms appear in most cases of anemia and acute anemia. Overall it is a condition of the body where less oxygenated blood is supplied to all parts causing their wear and tear and making the person prone to infections. The loss of iron and the reduced RBC count cause the heart, kidneys, muscles, skin, to weaken and prone to disease. Prompt diagnosis and effective medication can help in treating this condition.