When your tissues aren’t receiving proper oxygen, it could be due to a lack of red blood cells in your body — a condition known as anemia. At Wellness Oncology & Hematology, with offices in West Hills and Tarzana, California, the skilled team of hematologists can confirm anemia and identify the causes of the condition through on-site blood testing and other diagnostic technologies. They offer comprehensive treatment plans to increase red blood cell production and reduce the severity of your symptoms. Learn more about treating anemia by calling the office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.
Anemia is a condition where your body lacks red blood cells or hemoglobin, the primary component of red blood cells. This condition is the result of an underlying medical problem that makes it difficult for your body to produce normal amounts of healthy hemoglobin.
Your red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to the rest of your body. Without enough red cells, you could often feel weak or persistently tired because your tissues aren’t getting enough oxygen. Anemia can be a temporary condition, but some people can be affected by anemia over a long period.
Common causes of anemia include:
Genetic factors like sickle cell anemia also play a role in the lack of red blood cell production or the destruction of these cells.
Some people have anemia without any symptoms and the condition is only identified through routine blood work for other health issues.
Common symptoms of anemia include:
Symptoms can range from mild and occasional to long-term and severe. It’s important to undergo a medical evaluation at Wellness Oncology & Hematology to identify the cause of anemia, as the condition can be a sign of a serious, underlying medical condition.
The Wellness Oncology & Hematology medical team create an anemia treatment plan based on the root cause of your condition and the severity of your symptoms. They perform on-site blood tests and other diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your anemia.
If your anemia is the result of a vitamin or mineral deficiency, your Wellness Oncology & Hematology provider can prescribe supplements or medications that you can fill at the on-site pharmacy.
In some cases where symptoms of anemia are severe, you might need on-site infusions of iron or a blood transfusion.
Your Wellness Oncology & Hematology doctor also discusses your lifestyle and diet to help you retain a good quality of life and reduce your weakness and fatigue. If you have underlying health conditions that cause the destruction of your red blood cells, you’ll also need additional treatment to address the condition and resolve your anemia symptoms.
If chronic fatigue or persistent lightheadedness is interfering with your health, don’t delay a diagnostic evaluation. You can contact Wellness Oncology & Hematology by phone or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.