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What are the symptoms of anemia caused by iron deficiency?

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People with an iron deficiency may experience these symptoms:

  • A hunger for strange substances such as paper, ice, or dirt (a condition called pica)
  • Upward curvature of the nails, referred to as koilonychias
  • Soreness of the mouth with cracks at the corners

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital - Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science. CDC.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Medical Athletic Association. Albemarle Pulmonary Medical Associates, PA. Gary W. Tamkin, MD, Attending Physician, Highland General Hospital - Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Cornell University Department of Animal Science. CDC.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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