Do People With Anemia Have To Have A Blood Transfusion?
One of my family members has anemia … So he is always weak every time he has a blood transfusion … And every month he has to be in control of the hospital. I am afraid if the blood supply is no longer available. Then is there anything else that can make him well? I want to ask, can he recover? And is there a solution to be able to recover even if you don’t have to have a blood transfusion always ??
Anemia is a condition of the body lacking red blood cells and can be seen from Hb levels below normal. Does the treating doctor convey the type of anemia that your family is experiencing? Anemia can be caused by many factors, here are some types of anemia:
Iron deficiency anemia: which is quite common, can generally be treated with improved food intake and iron supplements, if severe blood transfusion can be given
Folic acid deficiency anemia and vitamin B12, can be corrected by consuming foods rich in folic acid and vitamin B12 or by certain supplements
Anemia due to heavy bleeding, treated with blood transfusion but if the cause of bleeding has been treated, generally the condition will improve and not until routine blood transfusion
Aplastic anemia: the body cannot produce red blood cells optimally
Hemolytic anemia: the body destroys red blood cells more quickly than they produce
Sickle cell anemia: a genetic condition that causes red blood cells to form abnormally
Anemia due to bone marrow disease, for example due to leukemia
Anemia due to other medical conditions, such as thalassemia and malaria
To ensure anemia and its cause, further examination by a doctor is needed, either anamnesis, physical examination, blood test, or bone marrow examination if necessary. Management of anemia will also be adjusted to the cause. Blood transfusion is done if anemia is severe to help raise hemoglobin. However, if there are certain medical conditions, the doctor will also provide treatment to overcome the cause of his anemia.
Whether or not it can heal depends on the cause of the anemia. For example anemia due to severe bleeding after an accident, if the cause of bleeding has been treated, then anemia can be cured. But in some types of anemia patients sometimes need regular blood transfusions depending on the patient's current condition.
I suggest that you discuss again with the doctor who treats your family because the doctor is the one who better understands the type of anemia experienced by your family.
Hope it helps you,