What can my cousin do to cure hemochromatosis? Can you share some of the symptoms?
Hello, My cousin has been diagnosed with hemochromatosis. I also think that I do have it due to aches in my finger & knee joints also my skin does tend to go a little darker sometimes. Occasionally I wake up in the morning with a terrible sick feeling in my stomach also I notice I have dark circles under my eyes with a yellow color does anybody else have these symptoms? Do this disease run in family? Can you share some of the symptoms? What can I do?
@geog Hello, usually doctors treat this condition by Phlebotomy. Phlebotomy removes extra iron from your blood. Phlebotomy is simple, inexpensive, and safe. Doctors usually start by having a pint of blood drawn once or twice a week for several months. Phlebotomy is usually done in blood banks, After phlebotomy has removed extra iron and blood levels of iron and ferritin return to normal, doctors will reduce phlebotomies to once every 1 to 3 months and eventually to 2 to 3 times a year. Doctors will continue to order regular blood tests to check iron and ferritin levels. Hemochromatosis is caused by a faulty gene that can be passed on to a child by their parents. Hereditary hemochromatosis causes your body to absorb too much iron from the food you eat. Excess iron is stored in your organs, especially your liver, heart, and pancreas. Symptoms of hemochromatosis include- Pain in your joints, especially your knuckles, Feeling tired, and Unexplained weight loss. You should see a doctor as too much iron can lead to life-threatening conditions, such as liver disease, heart problems, and diabetes.