When to Seek Medical Care
Because anemia is typically a clue to another underlying disease, it needs to be fully evaluated by a doctor, and proper testing needs to be undertaken to determine the cause. Therefore, if signs and symptoms of anemia are present, one should contact his or her physician for evaluation.
- In the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions, such as
heart disease or lung disease, the symptoms of anemia may be more significant, and a prompt medical evaluation is prudent.
- The diagnosis of anemia at home is difficult unless bleeding is obvious. If significant bleeding is
clearly evident, as in a severe injury, immediate medical attention is required and one
should consider going to the emergency room. Generally, this kind of acute (short onset) anemia is more likely to cause immediate symptoms than chronic (long-lasting) types of anemia.
- Many individuals with chronic conditions, such as sickle cell anemia, know when they
have an attack related to their disease (sickle cell crisis) and opt to seek medical attention promptly.
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