Lack of iron can lead to unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain, reduced physical performance and increased chances of getting an infection. Signs tend to change according to the severity of iron deficiency.

Signs and symptoms of Iron Deficiency

Lack of energy, weakness, brittle nails, headache, dizziness, hair loss, strange food cravings, restless legs, swelling/soreness of the tongue, cracks in the sides of the mouth, frequent infections.

Signs and symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Fatigue (tiredness), shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, coldness in the hands and feet, pale skin, fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, weakness.

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