What are the Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia?
One classic sign of iron deficiency is if you're feeling tired, weak and your skin color is pale. Why? Because without enough iron, your body can’t make enough of a protein that helps red blood cells carry around oxygen to parts of the body. And red blood cells not only give your body energy, they give your skin a healthy color.
Here are some other signs to watch for:
- Blue color to whites of the eyes
- Brittle nails
- Decrease in appetite, or work and school performance
- Sore tongue
- Increased chance of infections
- Irregular heartbeat
- Unusual cravings to eat things that aren’t food, such as dirt