Causes. Simple anemia may occur from a variety of causes and is a very common disease after hemorrhage from the body, as the result of injury, losing an ear, arm or leg, or even wounds that allow the escape of considerable blood before the flow of blood is stopped will result in an anemic condition of the patient. A serious disturbance of nutrition either from starvation or because the food that is taken into the body does not nourish. The occupation of the patient which may be unhealthy such as working in paint shops or sewers or chemical works or exposure to disease such as malaria.
Symptoms. Headache, dizziness, ringing in the ear with blurred vision, liability of palpitation, especially under nervous disturbances, general sickness of the body with backache, diminished or entire lack of appetite, gas in the stomach, pain after eating, disturbances of the bowels, usually constipation, pallor of the lips, cheeks, fingernails, and loss of flesh and strength.
Treatment. If the cause can be found the treatment will be rewarded by a great improvement with its removal and the use of proper blood tonics. Iron and arsenic are the remedies employed to compensate for the loss of coloring matter.
Unnatural articles of diet, if used in excess, often cause a condition of the stomach which will result, if not checked, in chlorosis or green sickness.
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