Iron Infusions Brisbane
Many people in Brisbane, mostly women are suffering from low levels of Iron in their systems. One option is to turn to your local integrative medical centre for iron infusions.
What is Iron Infusion?
Iron infusion is a medical procedure when iron is delivered into your body intravenously and is more known as intravenous (IV) infusion.
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Iron infusions are usually prescribed to address iron deficiency anemia (IDA). Iron is one of the vital minerals in the human body and functions as one of the components of hemoglobin, a carrier of oxygen in the red blood cells.
The presence of IDA can be treated with dietary changes and intake of iron supplements. Although there might be cases that infusions would be needed.
Who Are Prone to IDA?
- Women (They experience blood loss due to monthly periods, pregnancy, and breastfeeding)
- Individuals who are aged 65 and above
- Having poor diet
- Vegetarians and vegans
- Individuals who are having trouble with absorbing iron
- Individuals who take medications that interfere with iron absorption
- Having Celiac disease
What Happens During Iron Infusion?
Iron infusion takes place at the hospital or hemodialysis center. A doctor or a healthcare provided will insert a tube into the vein, and then an IV bag of iron would be connected to the tube. This solution is either pumped into your vein or uses gravity to slowly drip down the tube into your vein.
The doctor will also make sure to check if the first dose given to the patient will not bring about any adverse reactions. Otherwise, the procedure would need to be stopped.
Iron infusion usually takes 3 to 4 hours to be completed, although there might be some exceptions depending on what the patient needs. Some patients would need slower infusion rate to prevent complications.
How to Maintain Good Levels of Iron?
Diet is important in maintaining iron levels. Although it will be helpful in maintaining iron levels, diet alone does not address bringing the iron levels into normal levels. The doctor might recommend supplementing the diet with iron supplements, which need to be taken for a few months.
However, this only works if the case of IDA is only mild. Cases that need intravenous infusion are patients who have low levels of iron in the body.
What should a Brisbane patient expect after iron infusion?
Once iron infusion has been administered to a patient, iron levels are expected to peak 7-9 days after infusion. This is a way to restore iron levels into normal level rapidly. Most patients are able to return to normal activities right away and even drive themselves home after the infusion. However, there are some that might experience physical discomfort after the infusion, but these should be mild and temporary.
Any allergic reaction or toxicity brought about by the iron infusion should be brought to the emergency room right away.
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