13 Signs And Symptoms That You Have An Iron Deficiency

HEART PALPITATIONS
A heart palpitation is a noticeable heartbeat. This is when you can feel your heart eating without checking for a pulse.

Having an iron deficiency means that your body is getting less oxygen transported throughout. This means less oxygen is getting to vital organs. Some of these organs are then going to need to work harder to do the same work that it usually does.

This symptom of iron deficiency means that your heart is having to work harder than it should.

It can feel like you’re on a light jog when you’re just sitting down. This isn’t something that you want.

The only reason that this isn’t going to be much of an issue is that this usually only happens when you’ve been iron deficient for a long duration of time. So, hopefully, you’re able to realize you’re iron deficient prior to this happening.

SHORTNESS OF BREATH
Because your body will be lacking oxygen when you have an iron deficiency, everything is going to work harder than usual.

Think of oxygen as oil and your body as a machine. When your body is lacking the oil it needs, certain parts are going to have to work harder to perform the same functions it normally does.

A task as simple as walking up a flight of stairs can cause you to get tired since your body is really having to work to get up each step.

You will start taking more breaths because your body is trying to get more oxygen. An iron deficiency means that your body is going to work more to get more oxygen since it can’t carry as much oxygen through itself as it should.

SWELLING OF TONGUE
Iron deficiency symptoms can include the swelling of your tongue. It’s not going to get swollen to the point where you can’t close your mouth, but you will be able to tell a difference.

On top of that, you can probably expect your tongue to look a bit pale and smooth. Your tongue should never be smooth.

You can most definitely assume that you have an iron deficiency if you notice this.

DRYNESS OF SKIN
If you have an iron deficiency, not only will your skin start to look a bit sickly, it will become very dry.

When your skin is deprived of oxygen, it’s going to become weak. Weak skin leads to dry skin.

The same holds true for your hair. When you have an iron deficiency, your body will have less oxygen flowing so your hair will suffer along with your skin.

Some of you may naturally have dry skin and hair already, but an iron deficiency will cause for this symptom to be amplified a little bit.

BRITTLE FINGERNAILS
If your fingernails are starting to crack and break pretty easily, then you could possibly have an iron deficiency.

This is a less common symptom of iron deficiency, but it’s definitely something that you should pay attention to.

Iron deficiency has a lot of symptoms but this is one that rarely occurs. However, if you have a noticeable change in your fingernails, you should get checked for an iron deficiency.

RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
If you’ve never heard of restless leg syndrome, it’s the uncontrollable urge to move your legs. For example, if you’re sitting in a chair and your legs are bouncing nonstop then you may have restless leg syndrome.

This has been associated with iron deficiency anemia.

Although the two aren’t directly associated, people with an iron deficiency are known to have a higher risk of experiencing restless leg syndrome.