What is Overdose of Iron, It’s Causes and Treatment?

June 5th, 2012 by | Category: Others

Iron overdose is a symptom observed in adult males and postmenopausal women. And it’s just the opposite in youngsters, toddlers, children, and adolescents, who are still growing. They often need more iron than what they get. Poisoning from Iron overdose does irreparable damages to the body.

Iron overdose is commonly referred to as iron overload, or hemochromatosis. Researchers are trying to get an insight into the ill effects and side effects. The researchers have observed that iron overload, or hemochromatosis may lead to cancer or heart diseases but no concrete evidence has been confirmed so far. Things are still at a stage where the scientists are discovering a new and contradictory, sometimes related facts everyday.

Generally you inherit iron overload, or hemochromatosis. If you inherit two hemochromatosis genes, one from your mother and one from your father, you are bound to suffer from iron overload at some point in your life. It’s a common form of genetic illness among whites. Women show lower/less sign of iron overload because of menstrual cycle that they undergo for a approximately 30 long years in between. Among men the symptom shows relatively early.

Iron overload, or hemochromatosis is a health situation where the body absorbs two times more iron than it normally should. The extra iron gets stored in heart, liver, pancreas etc which continues to damage body without our knowledge and then after we touch fifty and it gets beyond body’s physical capacity to hold it anymore it hits back. The symptoms start to show in the form of fatigue, impotence, or diabetic symptoms like frequent feeling of thirst or frequent need to urinate etc.

The symptoms show on the body as a whole (fever, low blood sugar, dydration), on skin (blousing tinge in fingernails and lips), on heart (flushing, low BP), nervous systems (dizziness, deadache, chill, the feeling of no-enthusiams for anything). The strange thing about the symptom is they clear in 24 hours and then recur.

Iron overload, or hemochromatosis is detected by a simple blood test and the treatment consists of removing the extra iron from the body. If detected and treated early the risks can be minimized. This means regularly taking the blood out of the system. These patients cannot even donate blood.

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