Anemia: Symptoms

The symptoms of anemia will vary according to the type of anemia, the underlying cause, and the  underlying health problems. Symptoms common to many types of anemia are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Pale skin, including decreased pinkness of the lips, gums, lining of the eyelids, nail beds and palms
  • Rapid heart beat (tachycardia)
  • Feeling cold
  • Sadness or depression
  • Decreased sexual function
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased appetite


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